8th PDAC recognizes local businesses for their support

The 8th Po­lice Dis­trict and its ci­vil­ian Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil have re­ceived a lot of sup­port from loc­al busi­ness in re­cent years for a myri­ad of new com­munity events like the an­nu­al Na­tion­al Night Out, Fall Fest­iv­al, East­er egg hunt for chil­dren and hol­i­day buf­fet din­ner for the work­ing of­ficers.

The 8th PDAC re­cently re­cog­nized dozens of busi­nesses and or­gan­iz­a­tions for their on­go­ing sup­port. Rep­res­ent­at­ives from each re­cog­nized busi­ness re­ceived framed cer­ti­fic­ates of ap­pre­ci­ation, along with Phil­adelphia po­lice logo mugs and oth­er small gifts.

The honorees in­cluded Thun­der­bird Lanes bowl­ing, Shop­Rite of Mor­rell Plaza, Acme of Red Li­on Road, Vil­lage Ca­ter­ing, Crown Cork & Seal, Na­tion­wide In­sur­ance of Holme Av­en­ue, Michele’s Bakery, Duncan Chiro­pract­ic, TD Bank, Phil­adelphia Po­lice and Fire Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce, Aza­lea Gar­dens Land­scap­ing, Muller Inc., San­tucci’s Bar and Grill, The Din­ing Car, Liberty Bell Diner, Roy­al Bank of Amer­ica, Phil­adelphia Wa­ter Ice, Frank­ford Candy, Wawa (mul­tiple loc­a­tions), Gi­ant Foods, Sweet Lucy Barbe­que, Philly Pret­zel, Fly­ers SkateZone, Rill­ings Bakery, Penn Maid Dairy, Host­ess Brands (Won­der­bread), Pat­ri­ot Guards, Di­etz and Wat­son and Lowes of Roosevelt Boulevard.

The PDAC is­sued a spe­cial thank-you to Aaron Pinder, the cus­todi­an and main­ten­ance man for the 8th dis­trict at Academy and Red Li­on roads.

• In an un­re­lated award present­a­tion, Of­ficer Brandon Badey was named the dis­trict’s Au­gust Of­ficer of the Month. Badey cap­tured an armed rob­bery sus­pect.

On Aug. 24 at about 2 a.m., Badey was on patrol in the 3300 block of Keswick Road when he saw three men at­tack­ing an­oth­er per­son. The men al­legedly poin­ted a knife at the vic­tim, cut him in the head and stole his iPod, gold chain and $175 cash.

As the at­tack­ers fled, Badey grabbed and ar­res­ted one of them, but the oth­er two es­caped. Badey re­por­ted a de­scrip­tion of the wanted men to po­lice ra­dio. Oth­er of­ficers later ar­res­ted a second man. The third rob­ber re­mains at large.

At the 8th PDAC’s Septem­ber meet­ing, the group had a back­log of six Of­ficer of the Month Awards to hand out. In ad­di­tion, two of­ficers won spe­cial re­cog­ni­tion from Capt. De­borah Kelly for ex­em­plary ser­vice to the dis­trict’s res­id­ents.

“You’ve been hear­ing a lot about the her­oes of 9/11 re­cently. (But) you’ve got quite a lot of her­oes in the com­munity,” said Kelly, the 8th dis­trict com­mand­er.

Of­ficers Gregory Su­lock and Mi­chael Trask, along with Trask’s 10-year-old son, Mi­chael, all earned spe­cial Cap­tain’s Awards.

On April 28, Su­lock saved a wo­man from a burn­ing apart­ment build­ing. The fire oc­curred on the 8900 block of Frank­ford Ave. Su­lock was on patrol in the area when he saw smoke and stopped at the burn­ing build­ing.

Neigh­bors on the ground told him that a wo­man was trapped on the second floor. The doors were locked, so Su­lock kicked in a rear en­trance and climbed a smoke-filled stair­well, dir­ec­ted only by the wo­man’s cries for help.

Of­ficer Stefan Galla­gh­er, also of the 8th dis­trict, soon ar­rived at the scene, as did fire­fight­ers, who helped Su­lock to pull the wo­man from the build­ing. Galla­gh­er entered the build­ing, too. And when Su­lock began to struggle with smoke in­hal­a­tion, Galla­gh­er helped him to safety.

Su­lock and Galla­gh­er were both named Of­ficers of the Month for April.

Trask earned his Cap­tain’s Award for cap­tur­ing two teen­aged armed rob­bery sus­pects while off-duty.

On Aug. 11, three ju­ven­iles al­legedly as­saul­ted a 15-year-old and robbed him at gun­point in a park on the 11000 block of Knights Road. Al­though the vic­tims provided de­tailed de­scrip­tions of the as­sail­ants, they re­mained at large for days.

About a week after the at­tack, Trask and his son were in the same park when they saw two youths fit­ting the de­scrip­tions of two of the al­leged rob­bers. As the eld­er Trask con­tac­ted the rob­bery vic­tim and asked him to re­turn to the park to identi­fy the crooks, the sus­pects al­legedly robbed an­oth­er youth.

When the ini­tial vic­tim ar­rived, he iden­ti­fied the sus­pects. Trask ar­res­ted them both. Fath­er and son were honored for spot­ting them

Ad­di­tion­al Of­ficer of the Month Awards were presen­ted to Joe Hans­bury and Nat­alie Crone for May, Sgt. Jef­fery Strunk for June and Ed­ward Schoffler for Ju­ly.

On May 12, Hans­bury and Crone were called to a gas sta­tion ad­ja­cent to Frank­lin Mills mall where a man and wo­man were sus­pec­ted of smoking marijuana in­side a car. While in­vest­ig­at­ing the car, the of­ficers found a bag con­tain­ing 120 grams of marijuana. Both oc­cu­pants were ar­res­ted.

On May 19, Hans­bury and Crone ob­served a car con­tain­ing a large amount of cop­per pip­ing parked out­side a va­cant com­mer­cial prop­erty ad­ja­cent to Frank­lin Mills. In­side the empty store, the of­ficers en­countered two al­leged burg­lars who were re­mov­ing the pipes from the build­ing. Both sus­pects were ar­res­ted.

On June 17, Strunk ar­res­ted two men in con­nec­tion with the kid­nap­ping, as­sault and at­temp­ted rob­bery of a Park­wood wo­man. The sus­pects, in­clud­ing one who al­legedly posed as an off-duty po­lice of­ficer, grabbed the vic­tim as she entered her home and forced her to a bank on the 12000 block of Knights Road, where they in­struc­ted her to with­draw money.

Strunk ob­served the con­front­a­tion in the bank park­ing lot and in­vest­ig­ated. As the sus­pects fled in a car, they dragged Strunk on the pave­ment for a short dis­tance. Strunk, with the help of oth­er of­ficers, cap­tured the sus­pects at Knights Road and Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

On Ju­ly 22, Schoffler con­duc­ted a car stop on the 2700 block of Tremont St. when he no­ticed that two oc­cu­pants of the vehicle fit the de­scrip­tions of sus­pects in an armed rob­bery that had oc­curred two days earli­er. Schoffler in­vest­ig­ated and found in­side the car a cred­it card be­long­ing to one of the rob­bery vic­tims, along with a hockey mask al­legedly used in the crime. Both sus­pects were ar­res­ted and charged with the rob­bery.

In oth­er news from the meet­ing:

• A col­lec­tion box is in the 8th dis­trict lobby in sup­port of a winter coat drive. Dona­tions of clean, gently used coats will be ac­cep­ted through Nov. 12.

• The 8th PDAC re­cently con­trib­uted $650 to­ward the pur­chase of equip­ment for bi­cycle patrol of­ficers in the dis­trict, Muller said. Also, the PDAC donated $500 for the pur­chase of tick­ets to the re­cent Hero Thrill Show, which be­nefited schol­ar­ships for the chil­dren of of­ficers slain in the line of duty. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or wkenny@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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