Law Enforcement & Civilian Commendations

​May 8, 2019 Press Release

Civilian Commendations:

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Rafael Ortiz, Philadelphia

For bravery in the face of a surprise attack and saving the life of his friend.



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Jason Bodnar, Norristown

For preventing further violence by talking a man, who had just shot his father, into putting down his firearm.



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Cameron Barrett, Collegeville

For his courageous efforts to help in the apprehension of a man who caused a major car crash and then carjacked another car to flee.



Kimberly Ann Olivera, Feasterville
(not pictured)  

For her quick actions when faced with an armed bank robber that helped save her co-workers and customers from harm.



Heroism Award Commendations: 

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Sgt. Drew Kent, Abington Township Police Department

For heroic actions in a dangerous domestic violence hostage situation that ended with the safe rescue of all victims.



Law Enforcement Commendations:

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Det. Sgt. Thomas Leahan, Pottstown Borough Police Department
Det. Heather Long, Pottstown Borough Police Department
Det. Mark Wickersham, Pottstown Borough Police Department
Det. Brooke Fisher, Pottstown Borough Police Department
Officer Corey Pfister, Pottstown Borough Police Department (not pictured)
Officer Jacob Ritter, Pottstown Borough Police Department (not pictured)
Officer Kevin Gorman, Philadelphia Police Department (not pictured)

For the superior investigation into an attempted murder in Pottstown, the support for the victim and the manhunt and ultimate arrest of the defendant.



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Lt. Ryan Devlin, Lansdale Borough Police Department
Chief Michael Trail, Lansdale Borough Police Department
Det. Joel Greco, Lansdale Borough Police Department (not pictured)

For the successful investigation and support of two young girls who had been sexually assaulted by three men known to the family



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Det. Brendan Dougherty, Upper Merion Township Police Department
Det. David Crawford, Norristown Police Department
Det. Sgt. Richard Hoffner, Hatfield Township Police Department
Det. Todd Walter, Montgomery Township Police Department

For the successful investigation of five rooftop burglaries in Montgomery County and the subsequent arrests of three individuals.



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Off. Daniel Rose, Montgomery Township Police Department

For a heads-up traffic stop in a high-crime area that led to the arrests of two individuals for drugs and the recovery of nine stolen firearms.



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Det. Sgt. Richard Schaffer, Cheltenham Township Police Department
Sgt. Joseph O’Neill, Cheltenham Township Police Department
Officer Stewart Coyle, Cheltenham Township Police Department
Det. Robert Baiada, Springfield Township Police Department
Det. Cpl. Robert Chiarlanza, Springfield Township Police Department
Det. Stephen Craig, Springfield Township Police Department
Det. Timothy Hartman, Philadelphia Police Department

For the investigation into two armed robberies at a 7-Eleven store and CVS.



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Det. Michael Scarpato, Upper Dublin Township Police Department

For the investigation and arrest of an internet predator who raped a 14-year-old girl.



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Officer A. Edward Bove, Lower Merion Township Police Department

For the heads-up pursuit of an armed bank robber that resulted in his apprehension.



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Det. Gregory Pitchford, Lower Merion Township Police Department
Det. Sgt. David DiNardo, New Castle County (Del.) Police Department
Det. Lt. Steven Fink, Abington Township Police Department
Det. Christine Konieczny, Lower Merion Township Police Department (not pictured)

For the successful multi-jurisdictional investigation into a string of burglaries and the jeweler fence and for diligently working to reunite the stolen jewelry with its rightful owners.



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Det. Raymond Royds, Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department

For the successful investigation into stolen cyanide and for coordinating with multiple agencies on the investigation of the poison being dumped.



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Agent Harry Gaab, Pennsylvania State Parole
Det. David Crawford, Norristown Police Department
Officer Brian Saxon, Norristown Police Department

For the successful investigation and prosecution of an attempted murder.



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Officer Matthew Musselman, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department
Sgt. Robert Greenwood, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department
Det. Daniel Kienle, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department

For the successful investigation that used facial recognition software to identify a dangerous armed robber.



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Det. Gregory Pitchford, Lower Merion Township Police Department
Officer Francis Rippert III, Whitpain Township Police Department
Officer Christopher Schwartz, Plymouth Township Police Department

For dedication to investigating all overdose deaths in Montgomery County and arresting the drug dealers who sold the deadly poison, thereby making Montgomery County safer.

MAY 10, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Civilian Commendations:

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David Buck, Whitpain Township
Ernest DiSandro, Whitpain Township
Joseph McKendry, Whitpain Township (not pictured)
Brian McShane, Whitpain Township

For rescuing a trapped pilot following a plane crash in their neighborhood and working quickly to save the pilot’s life.





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Monica Jenkinson, Laurel House
Amanda Uckele, Laurel House
Bonnie Pugh, MCAP Volunteer Lawyer

For their outstanding efforts and support of the three victims of one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Montgomery County. 



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Father Jerry Wild, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, West Norriton
For saving the life of man, wanted by police, who was attempting to commit suicide in the church parking lot.

Law Enforcement Commendations:


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Special Agent Iman Ibrahim, ATF
Special Agent Patrick Smith, ATF (not pictured)

For the superior support and co-investigation into a gun trafficking organization that was illegally obtaining firearms and reselling them to arm criminals.





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Officer Bianca Deluca, Whitpain Township Police Department
Officer Richard Houser, Whitpain Township Police Department
Officer Brian Richard, Whitpain Township Police Department
Det. Bradley Potter, Whitpain Township Police Department
Sgt. Jon Bleuit, Whitpain Township Police Department

For rescuing a trapped pilot following a plane crash and the subsequent investigation.






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Ofc. Matthew Friend, Lower Merion Township Police Department
For the successful and safe resolution of a situation with a teenager threatening to commit suicide from the rooftop of his family’s home. 

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Ofc. Frank Cattie, Lower Moreland Township Police Department
Ofc. Christopher Daniel, Lower Moreland Township Police Department
Det. Sgt. David Scirrotto, Lower Moreland Township Police Department
Sgt. Scott Smith, Lower Moreland Township Police Department

For recognizing that something was not right during a parked vehicle check and rescuing a 16-year-old girl from prostitution, then successfully investigating the man who was trafficking her. 

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Lt. Michael Jackson, Lower Providence Township Police Department
For establishing a pilot diversionary program for first-time, young drug offenders to help them get back on track, thereby preserving their futures.


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Ofc. W. Timothy Arthur, Lower Providence Township Police Department
Sgt. Scott Dreibelbis, Lower Providence Township Police Department
Sgt. Terrence Kennedy, Lower Providence Township Police Department
Det. Charles King, Lower Providence Township Police Department
Det. Reginald Nealy, Jr., Lower Providence Township Police Department

For their outstanding investigation into one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Montgomery County.


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Det. Patrick Horne, Towamencin Township Police Department
Sgt. Gary Wacker, Towamencin Township Police Department (not pictured)

For dedication to investigating and arresting drug dealers in the township and the surrounding area, thereby saving lives and making Montgomery County safer.


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Ofc. Christopher Dolga, Upper Merion Township Police Department
Det. Brendan Dougherty, Upper Merion Township Police Department
Det. Blaine Leis, Upper Merion Township Police Department
Det. Robert Smull, Upper Merion Township Police Department (not pictured)

For interdicting a wanted and dangerous criminal in the process of committing another gunpoint robbery and potentially saving the lives of innocent bystanders.


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Det. Timothy Roeder, West Pottsgrove Police Department
Ofc. Robert Stoudt, West Pottsgrove Township Police Department
Sgt. Steven Ziegler, West Pottsgrove Township Police Department

For the successful investigation and prosecution of a convicted felon who forced himself into a house and robbed the residents of drugs and money.


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Allied Universal, King of Prussia Mall Security
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Washington
Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
Upper Merion Township Police Department

For the swift response and successful investigation into the kidnapping of a 7-week-old infant at the King of Prussia Mall and the return of the infant to his family that same evening.


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Pennsylvania State Police, Troop K, Skippack Barrack’s Patrol and Criminal Investigation Units
For the successful investigation into a murder of a woman by her daughter in Perkiomen Township.

Det. Daniel Fox, Telford Borough Police Department
For the successful investigation and support of a teenage girl who had been raped over time at the hands of her mother’s common law husband.  


May 12, 2017 Press Release
 
   1 Rachel Attebery, Ryan Porto

Rachel Attebery, Philadelphia
Ryan Porto, Havertown
For rescuing a trapped driver and her baby from a burning vehicle following an accident in Lower Merion Township.


2 Chris Doerr, Chris Sharkey, Det. Michael Paul


Chris Doerr, North Penn High School employee
Chris Sharkey, North Penn High School employee
Detective Michael Paul, Towamencin Township Police Department
For the quick action in directing responding fire companies and the exemplary arson investigation into the fire at North Penn High School set by a juvenile.


 3 Deavona Robinson, Rommell Robinson
Deavona Robinson, Pottstown
Rommell Robinson, Pottstown

For saving the life of an unconscious overdose victim in Pottstown by performing CPR until emergency personnel arrived with naloxone.


4 Ronald Shields, Ofc. Stephen Patton
Ronald Shields, King of Prussia
Officer Stephen Patton, Lower Merion Township Police Department

For rescuing a trapped driver from a burning vehicle following a car crash in Gladwyne.


5 Ernesto Teutle
Ernesto Teutle, Hatfield
For his quick-thinking and decisive action that helped rescue his sister from an assault by an intruder.


6 Sgt. Oswaldo Toledo, Ofc. Gary Martinez
Sgt. Oswaldo Toledo, Abington Township Police Department
Officer Gary Martinez, Abington Township Police Department

For the successful and safe resolution of situation with an armed man who wanted to commit suicide by cop, thereby saving the man’s life.


7 Ofc. Joseph Morrissey
Officer Joseph Morrissey, Cheltenham Township Police Department
For the exceptional investigation into the death of a 92-year-old pedestrian who was struck and killed by SEPTA bus driver Katrina Sanders.


8 Ofc. Stephen Winneberger
Officer Stephen Winneberger, Limerick Township Police
For astute observations on routine traffic patrol that led to the arrest of two suspects wanted for murder in Michigan.


9 Ofc. Eric Fries, Ofc. Vincenzo Tucciarone
Officer Eric Fries, Lower Merion Township Police Department
Officer Vincenzo Tucciarone, Lower Merion Township Police Department

For their quick-thinking actions that saved a man from committing suicide on train tracks in Ardmore.


10 Ofc. Scott Burnick
Officer Scott Burnick, Lower Pottsgrove Police Department
For the heads-up traffic stop that led to the apprehension of a man wanted for a Pottstown armed robbery using a sawed-off shotgun.


11 Cpl. Thomas Ward
Corporal Thomas Ward, Montgomery Township Police Department
For a traffic stop and subsequent search of a vehicle, motel room and storage locker that led to the apprehension of a drug trafficker.


12 Trp. Jason Henley, Trp. Susan Rivchin
Trooper Jason Henley, Pennsylvania State Police, Skippack Station
Trooper Susan Rivchin, Pennsylvania State Police, Skippack Station

For dedication in protecting drivers and making Montgomery County roadways safer through identification of impaired drivers.


13 Sgt. Michael Ponto
Sgt. Michael Ponto, Pottstown Borough Police Department
For saving a gunshot victim’s life by employing first-aid procedures that prevented him from bleeding to death.


14 Det. Sgt. James Kelly, Det. John Schramm
Det. Sgt. James Kelly, Upper Moreland Township Police Department
Detective John Schramm, Upper Moreland Township Police Department

For the challenging investigation that led to charges against a mother and her boyfriend for child abuse that left the 3-year-old child with permanent head injuries.



15 Det. Charles Leeds, Det. Michael Glauner, Det. Robert Hill, Jr.
Detective Charles Leeds, Norristown Police Department
Detective Michael Glauner, Pottstown Police Department
Detective Robert Hill, Jr., Abington Police Department

For the exemplary investigation of a one-day crime spree where the defendant, Kenneth Jones, robbed four different victims at gunpoint in Norristown, Pottstown and Abington.



16 Det. Thomas Wittig, Det. Mark Welsh, Det. Daniel Grassi, Special Agent Scott Duffey
Detective Thomas Wittig, Whitpain Township Police Department
Detective Mark Welsh, Jenkintown Police Department
Detective Daniel Grassi, Delaware State Police

Supervisory Special Agent Scott Duffey, FBI
For the long-term investigation into multiple bank robberies committed in Pennsylvania and Delaware over a number of years and the successful capture of Joseph Mieluchowski.


Officer James Throop17 Sgt. David Bechtel, Ofc. Ryan Kochersperger (not pictured Ofc. James Throop, Ofc. Wayne Black)
Officer James Throop, Souderton Police Department 
Officer Wayne L. Black, Souderton Police Department (not pictured)
Sgt. David Bechtel, Telford Police Department
Officer Ryan J. Kochersperger, Telford Police Department (now Franconia Police) 
For saving the life of a woman being threatened by her husband in a violent domestic situation that ended with the heavily armed man safely being taken into custody.


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Detective Thomas Wittig, Whitpain Township Police Department
For his investigation into a violent, home invasion-robbery, specifically, the successful identification of one of the suspects using surveillance footage from multiple sources, which then led to the apprehensions, and later convictions, of all defendants involved.
 


  
May 12, 2016 
Press Release
 
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DA Steele congratulates, from left,  Sergeant Stephen T. Gillen, Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department; Towamencin Township Officers James Hanrahan and Michael Seider;  Officer Joel Greco, Lansdale Borough Police Department; and Sergeant Dean A. Miller, Lansdale Borough Police Department
For the successful resolution of a hostage situation on July 23, 2015, involving Andrew Cooper, who took his parents hostage in a plan to harm them and police


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Officer Warren M. Young, Lower Merion Township Police Department
For rescuing an injured man trapped in a vehicle following an accident on Oct. 27, 2015, at Liberty Gas Station in Lower Merion.


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Officer Daniel Rose, Montgomery Township Police Department
For rescuing a female victim with a gunshot wound to the head from her apartment at Karen’s Court on April 30, 2015.


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From left, Tara Willis, Ashley Thompson and Stacy Sweinhart from the Laurel House Domestic Abuse Response Team
For supporting victims of violence and for working to end domestic violence in our community.


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Officer James McCue, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department
Was intentionally struck by a car on April 16, 2015, after what began as a routine traffic stop for erratic driving.


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Detective Michael Henricks, East Norriton Township Police Department, and Detective Sergeant Raymond D. Bechtel, III, Upper Providence Township Police Department
For investigating predators who were using the Internet to lure and sexually assault children.


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Detective Mark Wickersham and Detective Brooke Fisher, Pottstown Borough Police Department
For the long-term investigation that connected two Pottstown shootings in November 2014 with an obliterated serial number handgun and the defendant.


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Probation Officers Michael Poust and Probation Officer Jennifer Hall, Montgomery County Adult Probation; and Officer Timothy Roeder, West Pottsgrove Township Police Department
For quick thinking during a probation visit that led to the defendant giving up crucial evidence in the murder of Lori Marie Sheridan on Dec. 1, 2015.


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Officers Richard Hough and William Lynch, Philadelphia Police Department—25th District
For a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of Khaleef Jones and Daquan Hamilton for a Dec. 27, 2013, shooting and murder of George Hashimbey in Pottstown.


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Officer Matthew McCarthy and Officer James Burke (not pictured), Philadelphia Police Department—26th District
For locating and arresting wanted suspect Richard Collins for the March 20, 2015, murder of Artie Bradley in Pottstown.

 
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Officer Glenn Muntzer and Officer Tobias Fisher, Upper Merion Township Police Department
For resuscitating an electrocuted construction worker using an alternate CPR technique on April 13, 2015, at The Court at King of Prussia site.


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Lieutenant Francis X. Wheatley and Chief Michael Beaty, retiring from the Whitemarsh Township Police Department
For 30 years of service and leadership to the law enforcement community and the citizens of Whitemarsh Township.


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Sergeant Mark A. Stead, Lower Providence Township Police Department
Overall commendation for great work throughout his career, including with the NOPE Program.


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Marissa Wadsworth
For dedication to the NOPE Program and sharing the story of her son T.J.’s overdose death in the hopes of preventing it from happening to other families.