RTPD Officer Awards
At the Township's Annual Volunteer/Staff Dinner, Chief Richard Ficco, presented numerous awards to the officers. Officer Steve Bauman was recognized with the Medal of Bravery, for his role in saving two residents from a burning residence in October, 2017.
Officers John Burke and Matt Mergen were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for their role in responding to a homicide in November of 2015. Within minutes of arrival, the officers located the decedent and then took the offender into custody. Officers Matt Lawhead and Zac Herb were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for their role in searching for and eventually locating a shooting suspect. In both these cases, no one else was injured, due to the diligence, perseverance and sound judgement.
Detective Sergeant Aleman was awarded the Chiefs Commendation Medal for his role in the homicide in November 2015. Aleman did to take control of the scene and assisted the Bucks County District Attorney's Office with the investigation, culminating in guilty verdict. Sergeant Michael Kisthardt was awarded the Chiefs Commendation Medal for his continued work on Accreditation. A process that begin almost five years prior, the department was awarded Accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police in January of 2017.
Sergeant Kisthardt, Detective Sergeant Aleman, Officers Burke, Mergen, Lawhead, Hendrzak, Rosenberg, Hohenwarter, Herb, Colahan, and Bauman were all awarded the Master Firearms Medal for their ability to maintain over 90% qualifications scores on all issued weapons within the department.
To cap off the night, our receptionist, Nancy Benfield was awarded the 2017 Richland Township Employee of the Year.
A job well done, by all.