September 26 – Happy Birthday Vince DeRose

1vdrI have two pre-teen memories of the Amsterdam Police Department that might have inspired the late great Norman Rockwell to bring his easel, canvas and paint set to this City to capture both. The first was of APD traffic officer Eddie Miller wearing his trademark white gloves, standing in the middle of the old Market and Main intersection conducting his elegantly styled traffic management magic.

The second was of today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant, Vince DeRose, riding his old three-wheel APD service motorcycle at the front of every parade and funeral possession that used to traverse the streets of our City.

You can read the rest of my story about this former Amsterdam policeman in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.


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