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Upper Darby Police Department

Commendation Ceremony

Following is the list of officers that received commendations and awards at a ceremony held Monday, December 5, 2011. This year's awards ceremony was held at the Upper Darby High School Performing Arts Center.


Commendation of Bravery

Captain Anthony Paparo, Officer Jeffrey Thrash, Officer Samuel Sproull

For safely disarming and apprehending a mentally ill person who was in possession of a firearm.

Officer David Snyder, Officer Randy Desrosiers

For their response to an armed suspect who had committed a series of robberies one evening.

Life Saving Award

Officer Thomas Hald, Officer Brian Wearshing

For extracting a person from a wrecked vehicle and providing life saving efforts until medics arrived.

Sergeant Amanda Pombo

Officer Robert Wheatley

Officer Stephen Cristinzio

Officer Kelly Seace


For resuscitating a seven year old boy who was in cardiac arrest.

Commendation of Merit

Lieutenant Thomas Sharp

Sergeant Scott Lewis

Criminal Investigator Phillip Lydon

Criminal Investigator Jeffrey Dougherty

Criminal Investigator Michael Peck

Officer Stephen Cristinzio


For their work in the arrest of five individuals who had gone on a robbery spree.

Officer Thomas Fitzpatrick

During a recent hurricane, Officer Fitzpatrick recognized a hazardous, downed electrical wire that would have meant certain death for anyone approaching it.

Officer Walter McDonald

Officer Anthony Capodanno

Officer Jeffrey Thrash

Officer John Donohue


For the apprehension and arrest of three males in connection with a violent street robbery.

Criminal Investigator William Sminkey and Criminal Investigator Brad Ross

While serving a warrant in the City of Philadelphia, the two investigators were rammed by another vehicle and took action to ensure their personal safety and the safety of their prisoner.

Criminal Investigator Matthew Rowles, Officer Wayne Whitlock, Officer Thomas Fitzpatrick

For their investigation into a fatal vehicle accident.

Officer Steven Russo with his K9 partner Spike, and Officer Riocard Russel

For their work in tracking and apprehending a suspect who had burglarized someone’s home.

Officer Kevin O’Gara

Due to diligent patrol work, Officer O’Gara located a male wanted for homicide and aggravated assault.

Criminal Investigator Kevin Dinan

Through persistent investigation, Criminal Investigator Dinan arrested a subject who had sexually assaulted multiple victims.

Captain David Madonna

Captain Anthony Paparo

Lieutenant Thomas Sharp

Criminal Investigator Phillip Lydon

Criminal Investigator Matthew Rowles

Criminal Investigator Leo Hanshaw

Criminal Investigator Raymond Blohm


For their efforts in a homicide investigation outside of a local bar which led to the arrest of the actor.

Officer Samuel Sproull with his K9 partner, Massai,and Officer Stephen Ford

For the observation and apprehension of a male wanted for attempted homicide out of Philadelphia and for attempting to commit a felonious home invasion.

Officer Sean Kenny and Officer Francis Devine

While on patrol officers observed and apprehended a subject who was about to commit a street robbery. The officers recovered a firearm on the subject’s person.

Officer Sean Rowe

For the apprehension of a subject who had been in the process of committing a burglary.

Officer Thomas Hald with his K9 partner, Rex

For the apprehension of a subject who committed a home invasion.

Officer Stephen Tarozzi, Officer Robert Bennett, Officer John Millison

For the apprehension of a subject who had just robbed a bank by implying he was in possession of a bomb.

Officer James Hoback

For investigating and arresting a subject who had just committed a residential burglary.

Criminal Investigator Arthur Erle, and Criminal Investigator Brad Ross

For their work in the arrest of a subject who committed an armed bank robbery.

Officer Samuel Ziviello and Officer Francis George

While on patrol these officers noticed suspicious activity that led to the arrest of two males who were in possession of drugs and a firearm.

Officer Stephen Cristinzio

While on patrol, Officer Cristinzio observed two suspicious males who had just committed a burglary.

Officer John Millison

For connecting a male to a burglary who had been arrested for an unrelated event.

Criminal Investigator William Sminkey

Criminal Investigator Edward Silberstein

Criminal Investigator Brad Ross

Criminal Investigator Jeffrey Dougherty


For the apprehension and subsequent confession of two females connected to multiple burglaries in Delaware County.

Officer Ryan Wiseley

After receiving a radio broadcast of a serial robber, Officer Wiseley located a masked actor and took him into custody. As a result, several robberies were cleared.

Criminal Investigator Michael Pecko and Officer Jeffrey Thrash

While answering a simple shoplifting call, Officer Thrash apprehended a male who committed multiple robberies in Upper Darby. Criminal Investigator Pecko was instrumental in the investigation.

Criminal Investigator Matthew Rowles

For his investigation into a robbery and shooting that led to the arrest of a suspect.

Criminal Investigator Matthew Rowles

For his investigative work during an attempted homicide which led to the arrest of a violent suspect.

Criminal Investigator Brad Ross

Criminal Investigator Raymond Blohm

Officer Thomas Fitzpatrick

Officer Eric Colella


For their joint effort in a shooting investigation that took place at school dismissal.

Officer John Millison and Officer Brian Wearshing

For the apprehension of a suspect that dragged a police officer with his vehicle and then attempted to flee.

Officer Robert Bennett

Officer Brian Wearshing

Officer Stephen Tarozzi

Officer Anthony Bateman

Officer John Millison

Officer David Ostien


After locating a vehicle recently taken in a car-jacking, these officers pursued and apprehended the actor in the City of Philadelphia.

Law Enforcement Award

Officer Harvey Pike
of the Haverford Police Department

For his assistance in the investigation of a fatal car crash.

Sergeant William Bozeman and Officer Christopher Bassoline
of the Prospect Park Police Department.

For their identification of two females who were involved in multiple burglaries.

Sergeant Timothy Rockenbach
of the Clifton Heights Police Department

For locating two males who were responsible for multiple burglaries in Upper Darby.

Officer Kevin McDermott
of the Lansdowne Police Department

Officer Rodney Irby & Officer Shawn Burns
of the Yeadon Police Department

Officer John Meehan
of the East Lansdowne Police Department


For their assistance in the apprehension of a subject who had taken hostages within a local business.

Constable Carmen "Skip" Damiani

For his ongoing assistance to the Upper Darby Police Department.

Unit Award

Sergeant Glenn Monkman

Sergeant Anthony Vaughn

Officer Robert Bennett

Officer Michael Dockery

Officer Thomas Hald

Officer James Hoback

Officer Steven O'Connor

Officer John Redheffer

Officer Stephen Tarozzi

Officer Brian Wearshing


For their collective work in the investigation and apprehension of two violent subjects who committed multiple shootings in one evening.

Criminal Investigator Phillip Lydon

Officer John News

Officer Francis Devine

Officer Sean Kenny

Officer Thomas Thompson

Officer Randy Desrosiers

Officer Stephen Oreskovich


Officers responded to a report of a robbery with a firearm. This group of officers apprehended the suspect and charged him accordingly.

Criminal Investigator Leo Hanshaw

Officer Francis Devine

Officer John News

Officer Amanda Klingensmith

Officer David Ostien

Officer Kevin Fitzpatrick

Officer Randy Desrosiers


For their efforts in tracking down a burglary suspect who had broken into a home while the owner was present.

Captain Anthony Paparo

Lieutenant Thomas Johnson

Lieutenant Thomas Sharp

Sergeant Donald Peterson

Sergeant William Kane

Officer Ryan Wiseley

Officer Samuel Ziviello

Officer Francis George

Officer Eric Colella

Officer Dustin Clark

Officer Daniel Breslin

Officer Anthony Capodanno

Officer John Donohue

Officer Kristine McAleer

Officer Walter McDonald

Officer Sean Rowe

Officer Riocard Russel

Officer Brian Siegman

Officer Samuel Sproull

Officer James Taylor

Officer Stephen Turnbull

Officer Stephen Oreskovich

Officer Wayne Whitlock


For their collective work in the apprehension of a subject who had taken hostages within a local business.

Lieutenant Thomas Johnson

Criminal Investigator Daniel Lanni

Officer Dustin Clark

Officer Wayne Whitlock

Officer Thomas Thompson

Officer Anthony Capodanno

Officer Riocard Russel

Officer Jeffrey Thrash

Officer David Ostien


For their work in the investigation and arrest of a violent actor who had shot a victim.

Lieutenant Louis Tomasetti

Sergeant Anthony Vaughn

Officer Michael Begany

Officer James Billie

Officer Michael Crosby

Officer Randy Desrosiers

Officer Francis Devine

Officer Joseph Dougherty

Officer Sean Kenny

Officer Amanda Klingensmith

Officer Maria McKnight

Officer Andrew Morris

Officer John News

Officer Matthew Rinderer

Officer David Snyder

Officer Michael Williams


For their outstanding response to a homicide scene. These officers arrived to a chaotic scene and properly secured it and multiple witnesses.

Captain Anthony Paparo

Sergeant Amanda Pombo

Criminal Investigator Leo Hanshaw

Officer John News

Officer Francis Devine

Officer Thomas Thompson

Officer David Snyder

Officer Sean Kenny

Officer Stephen Oreskovich

Officer Randy Desrosiers

Officer William Sides

Officer Michael Crosby

Officer James Billie

Officer Amanda Klingensmith


For their collective work in locating and apprehending robbery suspects who had barricaded themselves inside a house.

Administrative Award

Sergeant Timothy Law

For his assistance in issuing all personnel with ballistic vests.

Citizen Award

Mr. Joel Jeffries

For intervening in a pedestrian robbery and coming to the aid of a victim.

Mr. Lsmith Keo, Mr. Kareem Avery and Mr. Raymond Joseph

For coming to the aid of an emotionally disturbed subject who had lit herself on fire.

Mr. Doyne Summer

For his assistance in the arrest of a bank robbery suspect.

Ms. Lindsey Gleimi

While detectives were interviewing a special needs child, Ms. Gleimi volunteered her time to assist police.

Mr. Nashid Ali

For his assistance in the surrender of a shooting suspect.

Ms. Tracy Ashe

While on assignment as a crossing guard, Ms. Ashe smelled smoke, located an active fire, and worked to save the residents within.

Commendatory Letters

Officer John News

Officer Sean Kenny

Officer Joseph DiFrancesco

Officer Thomas Thompson

Officer Randy Desrosiers


For their role in successfully assisting Philadelphia Police in serving a warrant.

Criminal Investigator John Cunningham

Officer Francis Devine

Officer Joseph DiFrancesco

Officer William Sides

Officer William Campbell

Officer James Billie

Officer Sean Kenny

Officer John News

Officer Michael Williams

Officer Randy Desrosiers


For their timely response and investigation into a flash mob which resulted in the apprehension of multiple individuals.

Officer Brian Wearshing, and Officer John Redheffer

For their response to an incident involving a police impersonator.

Officer Stephen Cristinzio

While conducting a vehicle stop, Officer Cristinzio located a sizeable amount of illegal drugs from within the car.

Officer Steven Cortese

For locating a large amount of illegal drugs within a car during a vehicle stop.

Officer John Millison and Officer John Redheffer

While answering a call for potential drug dealing, the officers chased the actors on foot and recovered a firearm.

Photo Gallery of the Ceremony