Chaplain Rev. Nicholas Salios
Since 2002, Plymouth Township has been honored to have Chaplain Rev. Nicholas Salios serving the community. Chaplain Rev. Nicholas Salios sadly passed away May of 2016. He will be missed by all of the people who had the pleasure of his company and his compassion.
The Rev. Dr. Nicholas Salios was a retired United States Army Chaplain for twenty years and clergyman serving parishes in Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Having also served in industrial chaplaincy for some years, he was a member of the International Association of Police Chaplains. Chaplain Salios had been a resident of Plymouth Township since 1980.
The Chaplain serves many personal and spiritual needs of the police officer, understanding he or she is constantly in the presence of danger as well as under continuous pressure and stress. He made every effort to be available, listening to the problems and concerns within the department, ready to share in the grief, sorrow, and joys of everyday life of those individuals and the group as a whole. With this comes the opportunity to respect those he serves, regardless of profound differences in race, economic status, or religious faith.
Often opportunities to lend support come as the chaplain rides frequently with officers on patrol, creating a relationship so that officers feel free to turn to him for counsel at any time. Supportive in any situation or event, the chaplain comes to those who need him with openness, without judgment, and cares for them until the crisis moment is over.
The Chaplain maintained his schedule with the Chief of Police, connecting to officers, the community they serve, their families, when confined at home or in the hospital. He was available to them, upon request, to conduct weddings, memorial services, funerals, and other special events.
Police Officer's Prayer
LORD, I ask for courage
Courage to face and
conquer my own fears ...
Courage to take me where others will not go ...
I ask for strength
Strength of body to protect others,
and strength of spirit to lead others ...
I ask for dedication
Dedication to my job, to do it well
Dedication to my community
To keep it safe ...
And please, LORD, through it all,
Be at my side ...
On October 11, 2010 Chaplain Nick received his 10 years of service recognition.