As people entered the Chestnuthill Township municipal building's meeting room for the scheduled monthly meeting last night, the first thing seen was Supervisor Vice-Chairman David Fleetwood's framed photograph by a vase of fresh flowers in front of his empty chair.
In an opening statement at the Chestnuthill Township supervisors' meeting Tuesday night, Chairman Chuck Gould said that he was sure everyone had heard about the tragedy at Ross Township's supervisors meeting on Monday night where a local resident killed three people and injured three others.
He asked for a moment of silence in respect for the loss of Chestnuthill Township supervisor vice chairman, "David Fleetwood and the other two souls."
Before they began the abbreviated meeting, Chairman Gould addressed those in attendance with "Why hold the meeting? Supervisor Fleetwood would have expected us to."
After Chairman Gould and supervisor Chris Eckert approved the minutes from the July 2 and July 15 meetings and approved to pay the bills, Chairman Gould read a statement from the supervisors and staff of Chestnuthill Township with raw emotion.
"The staff at Chestnuthill Township was saddened to learn that one of the victims of the Ross Township shooting was Chestnuthill Township Supervisor David Fleetwood who also served as the Ross Township Zoning Officer.
"Dave was the epitome of a dedicated public servant. He had a long history of public service to the West End of Monroe County. He was heavily involved in Little League baseball, Chestnuthill Historical Society including the 250th Anniversary Committee, the West End Park and Open Space Commission and his nearly six years of service as a Chestnuthill Township supervisor.
"Dave was a great friend and colleague and touched a great number of lives. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Chestnuthill township. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave's family and the other victims and their families.
"We commend Bernie Kozen, Executive Director of the West End Park and Open Space Commission for his heroic effort in subduing he shooter and looking after his friend and colleague, Dave Fleetwood."
Chairman Gould then adjourned the meeting.
Afterward, many of those from the audience lingered and spoke reverently about Fleetwood including Nancy Christman, who worked closely with Fleetwood as fellow members of the Chestnuthill Township Historical Society and the 250th Anniversary Committee.
"He was just a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. The 250th committee will hold a memorial service for Dave at the 250th Anniversary event on Sept. 7," said Christman.