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Posted on: June 8, 2016

Rockville Police Officers Honored at Public Safety Awards

Officers Recognized for Saving Lives; Treschuk Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Rockville, Maryland, June 8 – Seven members of the Rockville City Police Department were honored for their service to the community at the 27th annual Rockville Public Safety Awards today at Lakewood Country Club.

Each year, members of public safety agencies that serve the City of Rockville, including the Rockville City Police Department, Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, are recognized for their outstanding service. Since 1990, 518 awards have been presented to members of these public safety agencies, to civilians and to four K-9 partners.

This year, 23 members of the Rockville’s public safety agencies and two civilians were honored. Rockville City Police Department members were honored with the following awards:

The Distinguished Service Citation, presented to a member who has rendered a service wherein the member’s diligence, perseverance, or timely judgment in the performance of their duties resulted in the accomplishment of a difficult task, the protection of life or property, the prevention of a major crime, or the apprehension of an armed and dangerous criminal.

Officer Brandon Thomas, for assisting in the pursuit, along Metro tracks carrying an electrical charge, of a violent carjacking suspect, who was taken into custody without serious injury to anyone.

Cpl. David Trogolo and Officer Daniel Morozewicz, for helping to save the life of a man who was found unconscious, not breathing and without a pulse in Rockville Town Center.

Cpl. Ali Zeighani, for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and helping to save the life of a man who was found unconscious and not breathing near the exit ramp for Interstate 270 at West Montgomery Avenue.

Cpl. Javier Baquero and Cpl. Phil Lew, for administering CPR and taking control of the scene of a vehicle crash at McAuliffe Drive and Gruenther Avenue.

The Meritorious Service Citation, for special acknowledgement of service rendered, to Cpl. John Pfaehler, for establishing a mental health and wellness program for all city police department employees, and for his courage in these and other efforts to shed light on the crisis of post-traumatic stress disorder among law enforcement members.

Terrance N. Treschuk, who retired June 1 after 27 years as Chief of Police for the City of Rockville, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Treschuk also served as this year’s guest presenter.

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Marylou Berg
Director of Communication

Rockville City Police Department
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