North Coventry, Phoenixville Personnel Earn DA Praise
WEST CHESTER PA – North Coventry Township firefighters and police officers, the lead pastor at Spring City’s Branch Life Church, and Phoenixville Borough police all were honored Friday (July 30, 2021) by Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan for what she called their “extraordinary efforts to make Chester County a better and safer place.”
Ryan conducted her office’s annual awards ceremony to recognize and honor law enforcement, first responders, and community leaders who “understand the critical importance of helping those in need, regardless of threat, danger, or obstacle.”
For their actions in North Coventry, Ryan presented commendations (at top) to volunteers of the North Coventry Fire Company, the township Police Department, and church Pastor Josh Park for their “for their heroic and courageous service” to township and county citizens in responding to the Ashwood Apartments fire in the township in July 2020.
Firefighters were recognized for “going into burning buildings to save the lives of hundreds of people.” The police were commended for their follow-up investigation of the fire, and Park was praised for leading the church’s efforts over several months to assist fire victims.
For their actions in Phoenixville, Ryan thanked police department personnel “for their exemplary efforts and teamwork in providing justice to the family of a murdered teenager.”
Ryan also presented awards to:
- Deputy District Attorney Erin O’Brien, as the office’s Prosecutor of the Year;
- Chester County Detective Gary Lynch, Detective of the Year;
- Pennsylvania State Police Corp. Stefano Gallina, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year;
- Office Manager Cheryl Greener, Administrative Professional of the Year;
- the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, for “outstanding and continuous efforts in supporting law enforcement and first responders” during pandemic;
- Chester County Prison Warden Edward McFadden for “his outstanding dedication, commitment, and service” of 15 years; and
- Chris Saello of the United Way and DeVon Jackson, for their “extraordinary efforts in improving relationships between law enforcement and our communities.”
“Even though our professions are highly scrutinized and sometimes vilified,” Ryan said, “I am reminded every day that what we do matters. Each award recipient consistently contributes to making this county a better place, facing down danger, working long hours, and selflessly serving those around them despite all the challenges.”