George F. Schmalhofer-State Trooper — How He Affected Me!

Dear friends,

I will share with you a little old Sussex County, Delaware human interest story from my past. Some of you will also remember those times. This is a slight departure from my usual caustic punditry.

I recently watched the funeral of the Capitol Police Officer who was killed by the disgraceful riots on January 6th. I felt such sadness and such shame that I literally burst into tears. Regardless of those politicians who were delivering the eulogies and my basic disagreement with them, the obvious issue that cops clearly sacrifice so much, even the loss of their lives, in the line of duty, for little praise, little money, and a life of risk and danger, is something that I recognize as very important.

Frankly, I have always respected police officers and a moment during the Capitol police officer’s funeral, I thought about my childhood from kindergarten through 3rd grade and memories came flooding back about a gentleman named George F. Schmalhofer who was a friend of my father’s.

George had a daughter named Beth who was in my class. Because the Schmalhofers lived near us, our families did transportation sharing. One week, my parents would drive me and Beth to school and the following week George Schmalhofer would drive us to school. What was cool for me was that George was a Delaware State Trooper and when it was his turn to drive, we went to school in a police car and he would hold our hands and walk us into the building.

George was a huge, handsome man, and indeed was impressive in his uniform. Interestingly, Lt Col George F. Schmalhofer ended up being 2nd in command of the Delaware State Police and was a highly acclaimed and respected Delaware public servant. As a little kid, I always felt so important and delighted when George Schmalhofer took me to school. Ever since I have always admired police officers.

Folks, cops are needed, are necessary, and deserve our complete and unbridled support. Thank you George for the installation you gave me during that impressionable period of my life. I remember you like it was yesterday. God bless Lt. Col. George F. Schmalhofer for the job that he did and God bless all our police officers nationwide.

Any input is welcome and appreciated.

Yours truly,

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About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.