Public Safety

The Mt. Lebanon Fire Department’s newest volunteers began training in January. Front row, from left: Brittney Bichler, Chris Neal, Chris Mayhew, Sophie Engel. Back row: Thomas Robinson, Jack Cody, Dick Robles /Photo: Elizabeth Hruby McCabe

Mt. Lebanon welcomed three new police officers to the job in January.

John Galvin is from Hagerstown, Maryland. He previously worked in Latrobe at a residential treatment center facility for young people who struggle with mental health, family relationships and trauma. He has a master’s degree in criminology from Saint Vincent College.

“Today, being a police officer is the opportunity to help people on their worst days, when they have no one else to call,” he said. “These are the calls I can’t wait to answer.”

Giulio Conte was born and raised in Lawrenceville. He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Slippery Rock University. He graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy in December, 2022.

“I look forward to working with such a professional department and supportive community,” he said. Conte enjoys spending time outdoors, golfing, hiking with his wife, Christa, and their two dogs, and cooking traditional Italian food with his grandparents and family.

Three new officers are now on duty for the Mt. Lebanon Police Department. From left: Giulio Conte, John Galvin and Daniel Decker. /Photo: John Schisler

Daniel Decker was born in New York City, and graduated high school in New Jersey, where he played football and lacrosse. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in psychology, from Duquesne University. After working in security for UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Decker joined the Army as a military police officer, serving five years at Ft. Drum, New York, with a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His wife, Sarah, grew up in Pittsburgh. The couple has a daughter, Charlotte, and a beagle, Brady.

“We are big time Steelers fans,” he said. “I have always loved working in law enforcement. We are happy to be back here, and I look forward to serving the Mt. Lebanon community.”


FIRE EXTINGUISHER DROPOFF According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should replace your fire extinguisher after 12 years, or earlier if you spot defects such as a broken handle, missing pin or a cracked and damaged hose.

Bring your old fire extinguishers to the household hazardous waste collection event, Saturday, April 29, at the public works campus on Lindendale Drive. Mt. Lebanon firefighters will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon to collect your old fire extinguishers. Although the household hazardous waste collection is fee-based and requires registration, the fire extinguisher takeback is free and no registration is necessary.


GOOD RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE Registration is open now for Joggin’ for Frogmen, a 5K run at Mt. Lebanon High School that benefits families of fallen Navy SEALs and other special operations warriors. Mt. Lebanon is the only civilian location hosting this year’s event, which takes place at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 20. The only other events are at Navy SEAL installations in Virginia Beach and San Diego. Kids age 6 and under can participate in the Tadpole Trot, which will follow the 5K race. Visit the event website for more information and registration.


DRIVE SAFELY As work resumes this month on the Washington Road streetscape project, remember to be careful while driving through work zones, school crossings and road construction. Also, if you’re the type of driver who views a yellow traffic light as a chance to show off your awesome pursuit-driving skills, take it from someone who regularly navigates Washington Road: Don’t gun it. Just don’t.