On November 25, the local press reported the NuPike’s one-man police force since the 1920s, Bernie Charles Reusch, 75, died Monday.
Bernie’s favorite expression was “the Pike’s a quiet place,” but during his 30-year career, he had several brushes with death.
Once he corralled a gunman who had shot and killed his wife and another man in a waterfront cafe. He was also waylaid in the Pike engine house and beaten on the head with a wrench by a man who claimed he had been paid $1,000 to kill him. He had also disarmed scores of bandits and thugs over the years. He was hospitalized at Harbor Hospital in October.