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Government officials recognize local law enforcement heroes


August 29, 2017

Six officers were recognized for risking their lives while responding to an active shooter report in Knoxville. Attending the ceremony were (from left): Chief Scott Schubert, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Chief Matt Porter, Port Authority of Allegheny County Police; Commander Charlie Rodriguez, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; Commander Leo O'Neill, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; Officer Joseph DelSole, Port Authority of Allegheny County Police; Lt. Kevin Faulds, Allegheny County Sheriff's Office; Detective William Friburger, Jr., Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Lt. Anthony Palermo, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Congressman Mike Doyle; County Council Member Sam DeMarco; County Council Member Tom Baker; County Council Member Sue Means; Detective David Honick, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Chief James Vogel, formerly Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song; and, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.

U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, County Council Member Sam DeMarco, Acting US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Soo C. Song, and other local officials recognized six local law enforcement officers for their acts of heroism in a ceremony held in the County Courthouse.

The six officers were recognized for risking their lives while responding to an active shooter report in Knoxville on June 22, 2015. The shooter then carjacked a person and then fled through other highly-populated areas, shooting at and trying to evade officers.

Each of the officers: Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Kevin Faulds (a sergeant at the time of the incident), Port Authority Police Officer Joseph DelSole, and Pittsburgh Police officers Lieutenant Anthony Palermo, Sergeant James Vogel, and Detectives William Friburger Jr. and David Honick - came under fire while participating in the effort to subdue the carjacker.

"I can't begin to express my deep respect and admiration for these brave law enforcement officers – or my gratitude to them for their exemplary actions that day," Congressman Doyle said. "The fact that they get up and go to work every day despite the risks inherent in the job speaks volumes about the depth of the commitment they have to protecting their community. They are outstanding public servants. I hope their actions that day will be an inspiration to all of us to always do what's right, no matter what the cost."

"The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line for us every day. We're exceptionally proud of the actions of these six men in June 2015 as they put their lives at risk to ensure the safety of our community," said County Executive Fitzgerald. "Their actions, which placed each of them at personal risk of injury, were taken without a second thought as they sought to protect our community, and for that we will always be grateful."

"This was police work at its best: officers using their training and inter-agency communication to make split-second decisions that kept the public, and themselves, safe from harm. I commend the officers for their fine work that day," Mayor Peduto said.

"Heroes act selflessly and rapidly at a critical time," added Acting U.S. Attorney Song. "These men worked cooperatively to earn this honor."

In addition to the officers' families and friends, representatives of the U.S. Attorney's Office, County Council, the Sheriff's Office, the Port Authority, City Council, and the City of Pittsburgh's Public Safety Director, Chief of Police and command staff attended the ceremony.

Representative Doyle presented each of the officers with a Congressional Proclamation recognizing his exceptional act of courage in the line of duty that day, and he read a statement about them that he said would be published in the Congressional Record in September. Each of the officers was also presented with a proclamation from County Council praising their actions.


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