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Through The Years- Our Award Recipients
PRIVATE OFFICER AWARDS RECIPIENTS
2008-2009


MEDAL OF VALOR

Kevin Brown-Houston TX.  Sgt. Brown chased an armed robbery suspect and captured him at gunpoint.

Bobby Wienman -New Orleans LA. Assisted police with the capture of multiple suspects in a shooting at an
apartment complex.



LIFESAVING AWARD

Pat Rein-Kansas City MO.- While off-duty, officer Rein observed a woman collapse at an area mall and
started CPR until emergency medical personnel could arrive.



EXCELLENCE IN ACTION AWARD

Jeff Ahring- Dallas TX.  Officer Ahring has continued assisting the association during membership drives,
security news notifications and has gone above and beyond to support all areas of our organization.



Ray Pacheco Bethel CT.  Mr. Percheco responded to assist numerous persons injured during a boating
accident on a Connecticut lake. He was able to administer first-aid as well as assisting emergency workers
in crowd and traffic control. Mr. Pacheco is the owner of R&R Protective Services.


Chandrea Harden  Port ST. Lucie Fla.  While working at an area Wal-Mart, Ms. Harden became suspicious
of a man buying several laptop computers with a credit card. Even though the card authorized, she felt
something was wrong and notified management and loss prevention. Her gut instincts and fast actions
resulted in the arrest of a felon in possession of 16 fraudulent credit cards and the recovery of several
thousand dollars of merchandise. Ms. Harden exemplified a security conscious associate on that day.




OFFICER OF THE MONTH AWARDS

JEFF AHRING   Dallas TX.

BARRY CAHN -Hartford CT.

CLYDE JOHNSON  Roanoke VA.

PETER SANDS  Manhattan NY

MICHELLE ROBERTS  Dayton OH.

MEDAL OF VALOR

Steven Pruitt -New Orleans LA.- During an armed robbery of a store, Pruitt who was off-duty shot one of the
robbery suspects and captured the second suspect and put his life on the line without hesitation or
consideration for his own personal safety.



MERITORIOUS AWARDS

JAMES BOWER Richardson TX



LIFESAVING AWARD


Cary Bowen-Birmingham Al. While working at an apartment complex Officer Bowen was called into an
apartment when a man stopped breathing and fell to the floor. Bowen called 911 and gave the man CPR
and his efforts kept the man alive until medics arrived.

Bryce Lyner Rochester NY. Capt. Lyner responded to a drowning call at a hotel pool and assisted in the
rescue of a small boy.

JOHN RUIZ- LOSS PREVENTION AGENT
MIAMI FLA.
PURPLE HEART MEDAL

Security officer Ruiz attempted to apprehend a shoplifter at a CVS store in Miami Florida and was shot and
killed in the line of duty. The award has been issued to his family in his honor.




LT. JOHN STURP
Brooklyn NY
PURPLE HEART MEDAL
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
NORTH REGION

While on duty at an apartment complex, LT. Sturp recognized a person who had been issued a trespass
warning and was illegally on the property. He was also aware that he the suspect was wanted by NYPD on
felony charges. Sturp called 911 but while detaining the suspect he was stabbed multiple times but
managed to subdue the suspect and take him into custody at gunpoint, handcuffing him until help arrived.




MATTHEW PRINDLE
Dallas TX.
PURPLE HEART MEDAL
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
SOUTH REGION
On December 8 2008 while on duty at a bank in Dallas, an armed man entered and attempted to commit a
robbery. Officer Prindle pulled his weapon and was involved in a firefight with the suspect and mortally
wounded him. Prindle also received a non-life threatening gunshot wound and returned to work about a
month later. His actions saved employees, customers and his own life that day.





THOMAS CONNORS
ISLIP NY
ST. Charles Hospital
MEDAL OF VALOR
While on duty at the St. Charles Hospital, officer Connor and officer Surbito responded to a fire on the
complex and rescued a nun from the burning building. Their quick actions and lack of concern for their own
personal safety made the difference that day.




ERIC SURBITO
ISLAP NY
ST. Charles Hospital
MEDAL OF VALOR
While on duty at the St. Charles Hospital, officer Surbito and officer Connors responded to a fire on the
complex and rescued a nun from the burning building. Their quick actions and lack of concern for their own
personal safety made the difference that day.




VIC RIOUX
Traverse City MI.
86TH DISTRICT COURT
MEDAL OF VALOR
While working as a court security officer, officer Rioux confronted an armed man and wrestled a knife away
from him preventing injury or harm to other persons.





DAN BOYLAN Public Safety Officer
Queens NY
ST JOHN UNIVERSITY
MEDAL OF VALOR
While on duty at the campus, Officer Boylan and a student noticed a man carrying a rifle and chased the
suspect and subdued him until police could arrive. Officer Boylan prevented chaos and tragedy on that day
with his quick thinking and disregard for his own personal safety. Boylan is also a retired police officer.




GARRY FULLER
Des Moines IA.
Des Moines School District
MERIT AWARD
While on duty for the Des Moines Public School district, officer Fuller spotted a man that he had earlier
been informed was wanted for bank robbery. He immediately had the school locked down as he notified
police and directed them to the wanted man’s location. The suspect was quickly apprehended by police
and is awaiting trial. His observation and speedy and professional response enabled police to take a
violent and dangerous fugitive off the streets.




LYDIA STEARNS
Hartford CT.
MERIT AWARD
Assisted police locating a robbery suspect and keeping the suspect under surveillance until officers could
arrive and take him into custody.




KEN WHEELER- SECURITY DIRECTOR
Tupelo, MS
NORTH MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER
EXCELLENCE IN ACTION AWARD
Mr. Wheeler is an excellent example of a security professional and has been recognized by his community
and employer. As a security director, he has provided leadership for many years at the hospital where he
works and is involved in numerous programs within the Tupelo area.




JON WALSON
Florence Kentucky
EXCELLENCE IN ACTION
OFFICER OF THE YEAR
MID-WEST REGION
Jon continues to exemplify a professional security officer and has been recognized as the Officer of the
Year by his employer as well as receiving awards from the National Association of Private Officers.




JOHN SLAUGHTER-CAPTAIN
Florence AL.
ECM HOSPITAL
EXCELLENT IN ACTION AWARD
As a supervisor of security, John has worked hard to bring leadership and professionalism to his staff at a
North Alabama hospital and he was recently recognized by his peers for his accomplishments in these
areas.



DAVE FOWLER
Washington
KENTRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
EXCELLENCE IN ACTION AWARD
Mr. Fowler is a security-safety officer at a Washington State High School and recently was selected as the
Officer of the Year by his school district for his daily professional attitude and response to situations that
occur on campus.
2015 AWARD RECIPIENTS