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Schurbert Wagner Award winner


Emmaus has announced the winner of the 2014 Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service: Commander Scott Schubert.

The award is given annually to someone who has shown by their actions that they serve the way Emmaus co-founder Ken Wagner served--with great humility and dedication to helping others. Commander Schubert was chosen by the committee for his long record of service, both in his career and beyond.

Commander Schubert has served the residents of the City of Pittsburgh for 21 years as patrolman, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, and currently as the commander of Zone Six/Special Deployment Division (SDD). Zone Six is responsible for law enforcement operations in 15 neighborhoods in the city’s western neighborhoods, and SDD consists of eight city-wide support units that provide specially trained and equipped officers: Traffic Division, Collision Investigation Unit, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, Impaired Driving Unit, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Tactical Negotiations Team, and River Rescue.

Outside his job, Commander Schubert has shown great dedication to the Special Olympics, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics of PA, the Director of the Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the Chair of the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. In 2013, he traveled to South Korea to participate in the Torch Run for the World Games.

Through his efforts with the Polar Plunge, Commander Schubert has raised more than $1.1 million for the Special Olympics.

According to Tim Noca, chair of the Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service, “Commander Schubert risks his own life every day for the residents of the City of Pittsburgh in his work. His spare time is focused on people that are special through his incredible efforts for Special Olympics--and “Special O,” as he called it, was very important to Ken. By these examples, Commander Schubert shows himself to be a very worthy recipient of the Ken Wagner Award, as someone who never stops giving of himself for others.”

The award will be presented to Commander Schubert on May 3 at the Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala and 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Pittsburgh Fairmont.


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