District Attorney honors law enforcement heroes

The Chester County District Attorney’s Office held its annual awards ceremony to recognize and honor law enforcement, first responders, Good Samaritans, and others for their extraordinary contributions in keeping Chester County a better and safer place.

District Attorney Deb Ryan spoke about the many accomplishments and successes over the past year. Ryan stated, “Today, we focus on our heroes. Whether you’re in law enforcement or a first responder who risks your lives everyday to ensure our safety, a prosecutor who works tirelessly to obtain justice, one of our outstanding support staff who keeps this office running, or just a good person who intervenes when you see something bad, you are hero.”

Ryan stated that the office handled approximately 7,000 cases last year. “We solved murders, successfully prosecuted those who committed domestic violence and sexual assaults, and obtained numerous convictions for complex white-collar cases where defendants stole millions of dollars from people who trusted them.”

In addition, Ryan said that the office ramped up efforts to attack the drug epidemic by implementing the Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative to provide those with substance use disorders free treatment, but went after high-level drug traffickers who push this poison in our county. Law enforcement was also successful in removing many illegal firearms from the street.

“These awards are about honoring those individuals for their acts of courage and dedication. We call on our heroes every day to stand by us in our most traumatic and life-altering moments and to keep us all protected.”

The award recipients rescued children from danger and abuse, helped dismantle a human sex trafficking organization and high-level drug enterprise, and successfully prosecuted a man who committed domestic violence against his wife and used their 11-year-old child as a human shield when police arrived.

Commendations were also awarded to two women who intervened to stop a man from harming a child at a local convenience store, and to law enforcement officers for their bravery in handling a barricaded gunman who shot at police.

“All of these courageous men and women are dedicated, resilient, and advocate for justice. No one does this alone, and we are successful because of their professional collaboration with each other, law enforcement, and the people we serve.”

The award recipients were:

  • Prosecutor of the Year – Deputy District Attorney Kate Wright
  • Chester County Detective of the Year – Detective Oscar Rosado
  • Administrative Professional of the Year – Jessica Sarcione
  • Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – West Whiteland Detective Michael Buchmann
  • DAO Commendation: East Whiteland Police Department, Chester County DAO Child Abuse Unit, Fairfax VA Police Department & CVC Advocate Claudia Hurtado for their outstanding investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Human Sex Trafficking Organization
  • DAO Commendation: The West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team & Westtown East-Goshen Regional Police Department for their heroism in the face of gunfire by a barricaded suspect
  • DAO Commendation: Madison Waugh and Elizabeth Awtry for their extraordinary act of heroism in helping to protect others in danger in a domestic violence case in Kennett Square, Pa.
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