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Medals and awards

Police

Medal of Valor

Awarded for an outstanding act in the line of duty with imminent personal hazard of life, with full knowledge of the risk involved.

YearAwarded toActions
1996Sergeant Joseph McDermott
Officer Sam Millam
Officer Larry Pringle
Officer Stefan Karthan
Officer Dean Weinhardt
Members of the Emergency Response Team during an armed barricade hostage incident

Police Medal of Heroism

Awarded for an act of heroism, at imminent personal hazard of life in combat with an armed adversary.

YearAwarded toActions
2004Sergeant Joseph McDermott
Officer Kevin Scullin
Officer John Fink
Responded to an armed suspect threatening a subject with a gun and subsequently were involved in a shooting and the arrest of the subject

Police Purple Heart

Awarded for a wound received in the line of duty, inflicted intentionally by an armed adversary, and resulting in traumatic injury to the nominee.

YearAwarded toActions
1996Officer Sam Puzella
Officer Steve Karthan
Officer Dean Weinhardt
Sustained gunshot wounds during an armed barricade hostage incident

Meritorious Service Award

Awarded for a highly creditable accomplishment bringing public acclaim to the member and the Division as a result of training and devotion to duty or service to the community.

YearAwarded toActions
1976Officer Carl MedingWhile off duty, apprehended a robbery suspect in Cleveland
1984Officer Nick SolarSaved children who were in danger in an unattended moving car
1996Officer Sam Puzella
Officer Dale Schnell
For actions during a welfare check that resulted in Officers coming under gunfire and led to an armed barricade hostage incident

Life Saving Award

Awarded for an act performed in the line of duty which through disregard of personal safety or prompt and alert action, results in the saving of a life.

YearAwarded toActions
January 6, 2014Officer Jeff Jones
Officer Chris Scafidi
Helped save the life of a male not breathing by administering life saving efforts using an AED and CPR
February 19, 2015Officer Lynda Reeves
Officer James Keaveney
Officer Jonathan Osborne
Helped save the life of a male unresponsive and not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using an AED and CPR
November 19, 2015Sgt. Robert Safran
Officer Jeff Lee
Helped save the life of a male not breathing by administering life saving efforts using an AED
February 7, 2016Officer Brian MummertHelped save the life of a male not breathing, with no pulse, by administering life saving efforts using CPR
June 8, 2016Officer Joe Ceccacci
Officer Jeff Garcia
Helped save the life of an unconscious female not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
July 16, 2016Officer Joe Ceccacci
Officer Steve Szuter
Officer Joe Rizk
Helped save the life of an unconscious male not breathing by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
August 28, 2016Officer Joe Ceccacci
Officer Joe Rizk
Officer Zachary Callahan
Helped save the life of an unconscious male not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
September 10, 2016Officer Joe Ceccacci
Officer Jonathan Osborne
Helped save the life of an unconscious female not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
September 14, 2016Officer Jeff GarciaHelped save the life of an unconscious male not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
November 1, 2016Officer Jeff Lee
Officer Jonathan Osborne
Helped save the life of an unconscious male not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone
January 7, 2017Officer Joseph CeccacciResponded to a call a suspected drug overdose with an unconscious male. Upon arrival he administered lifesaving efforts utilizing CPR, an AED and Naloxone which helped save the person’s life.
February 18, 2017Officer Steve KarthanResponding to a call of an erratic driver, attempted to stop the car, but found driver not responding to signals to stop and in an apparent medical emergency. Used his police cruiser to block the car and, once stopped, had to use his baton to break out a window to put the car in park. EMS was summoned and driver was transported to a hospital for a diabetic emergency.
April 4, 2017Officer Charles Weber
Office Jeff Garcia
Helped save the life of an unconscious female not breathing (possible drug overdose) by administering life saving efforts using CPR and Naloxone

Safe Driver Award

Sworn officers who operate a public safety vehicle crash free for three (3) years will receive a Safe Driver Certificate.  A crash, as documented by a crash report, incident report, or log entry will be reviewed for eligibility and determination of fault.

Chief Carl DeForestLt. Brian OhlinLt. Robert Safran
Sgt. Scott KowellSgt. Steve HooverSgt. Jon Page
Sgt. Doug LainoSgt. Daren LubinskySgt. Michael Matheis
Sgt. Kevin ScullinSgt. Chris SpencerOfficer Charles Weber
Officer Brian MummertDet. Brian SchmittOfficer George Keleman
Officer Greg HayestDet. Chris ScafidiOfficer Robert Casenhiser
Officer Duane KuehnOfficer Steven SzuterOfficer Jeremy Puhac
Officer Jeff LeeOfficer Joe RizkOfficer Derek Zelenka
Officer Lynda ReevesOfficer James KeaveneyOfficer Jeff Jones
Officer John WitthuhnOfficer Joe Ceccacci

OTOA* Unit Citation of Valor

Contributions towards the successful rescue mission during an armed barricade incident (November 2013). * Ohio Tactical Officers Association

 

2014Sgt. Daren Lubinsky - Precision MarksmanSgt. Robert Safran - Crisis Negotiator
Sgt. Scott Kowell - Tactical OfficerSgt. Doug Laino - Crisis Negotiator
Officer Lynda Reeves - Crisis NegotiatorOfficer Ted Kiernozek - Tactical Officer
Officer Greg Hayest - Tactical OfficerOfficer George Keleman - Bomb Technician
Officer John Fink - Tactical OfficerOfficer Brian Mummert -Tactical Officer
Officer Sam Gagliardi - Tactical Officer

Ohio Telecommunicator of the Year

YearAwarded toActions
2007Terry GluszekProfessionally handled an E911 call of a homicide in progress in Hinckley Township

Officer and Communication Specialist of the Year

YearOfficerCommunication Specialist
1977Dale Kozlik
1978Lawrence Whittaker
1979Tom Dreher
Carl Meding
1980Joe McDermott
1981Nick Solar
1984David Szuter
1989Larry Pringle
1990Hank Papushak
1991Stefan Karthan
1992Carl DeForest
1993Stefan Karthan
1998Ed Blanc
1999Carl Meding
2000Dean Weinhardt
2001Steve Hoover
2002Robert SafranJoanne Szoke
2003Lee Rankin
2004Kevin Scullin
2005Brian SchmittAnnMarie Wiencek
2006Robert MarokDeborah Forrester
2007Greg HayestTerry Gluszek
2008Charles WeberRebecca Payne
2009Sarah HostaGreg Hendricks
2010Mark LucianoKeri Quidatano
2011John FinkNancy Terry
2012Sam GagliardiJoshua Malames
2013Brian SchmittNancy Terry
2014Jeffrey JonesBecky Rantucci
2015Steven SzuterStephanie Prock
2016George KelemanNancy Terry