Sheriff Norbert Hogel
Love of Law Enforcement Landed
Police work seemed like a natural career choice for Norbert P. Hogel.
His father, Alex Hogel, a Pittsburgh police officer for thirty-three years, was the beat patrolman on Brookline Boulevard, where Mr. Hogel spent his childhood.
So after serving in the Marines in World War II, Mr. Hogel decided to follow in his father's footsteps by getting a job with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Through most of his adult life, he worked in law enforcement. The last twenty-two years of his career were spent in the Allegheny County sheriff's office, where he achieved the rank of Captain. He retired in 1992.
"He was born to be a lieutenant, the person in charge," sheriff's Commander Carmen DeLuca said yesterday.
"He truly loved the sheriff's office and the strong friendships he had developed with the deputies under his command, Sheriff Pete DeFazio said.
Mr. Hogel, 74, of Brookline, died Monday of complications from pneumonia and heart failure. At his burial yesterday at St. Anne Cemetery in Castle Shannon, sheriff's deputies served as pallbearers and a Marine honor guard played taps and fired a three-found salute.
After graduating from South Hills High School in 1942, he joined the Marines and spent two years in the South Pacific. He was discharged as a Corporal.
Pursuing his desire to go into police work, Mr. Hogel became a state trooper but decided he didn't care for the lifestyle, which involved living in barracks and traveling. After four years, he resigned to become a detective for a railroad and later, a security officer at Hays Army Ammunition Plant.
For a time, he left police work to go into business for himself. He opened a bar called The Belmont in Dormont, which he ran for six years.
It was at that bar that Ed Stack, of Scott, met Mr. Hogel around 1951. The two men found they had a shared interest in golf. For the rest of their lives, they golfed togeter, traveling to North Carolina, Georgia and Washington D.C.
We had a nonresident membership at Lakeview Country Club in Morgantown, W.Va.," said Stack, who gave a eulogy for his friend yesterday.
At the sheriff's office, Mr. Hogel was prmoted to sergeant in 1971, lieutenant in 1973 and captain in 1989. DeLuca said Mr. Hogel oversaw transportation, presidential details and strike details and was a key person for new employees to meet.
The first step after meeting the sheriff was to report to Lt. Hogel," he said.
Mr. Hogel is survived by his wife, Elva Hogel of Brookline; a son, Norbert Jr. of Brookline,; A daughter, Nancy Beatty of Bethel Park; a brother, Alex Hogel of Brookline; and a sister, Mary Orlando of the South Hills.
* Copied from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - February 19, 1999 *
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