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Posted on: May 22, 2017

2016 Police Departmental Awards

At the May 22, 2017, meeting of the Manheim Township Commissioners, the Manheim Township Police Department will be recognizing several of its employees for outstanding achievements in 2016.

Distinguished Service Award – Officer Aaron McCoy
Officer McCoy has been with the department for three years. In August 2016, McCoy conducted a vehicle stop in Lancaster Township which led to the seizure 5,030 Xanax tablets, 174 grams of marijuana, and $779 cash.

Meritorious Award – Officer Eric Coates
Officer Coates has been with the department for four years. In November 2016, he was sent to a Manheim Township residence where a man was threatening to shoot himself. Coates kept in contact and conversed with the man until he agreed to come out of his house voluntarily.

Meritorious Award – Officer Bradley Redinger and Officer Kenneth Smith
Officer Redinger has been with the department for seven years, and Officer Smith has been with the department for four years. In June 2016, the two responded to a Lancaster Township apartment complex where the sound of gunfire had been heard and two men dressed in black were seen running. On arrival, they encountered one of the suspects, who was armed, and took him into custody without incident. The second suspect was apprehended nearby after a brief foot chase. It was determined that the two had kicked in the door of an apartment in a burglary attempt.

Humanitarian Award – Sergeant Timothy Ponessa
Sergeant Ponessa has been with the department for 22 years. In his off time, he provides counseling services through Building Bridges, a non-profit organization that provides services to veterans and their families, as well as those suffering from trauma and loss, and those struggling with cognitive and emotional challenges. He is also a board member for Mom’s House which provides single parents facing an unplanned pregnancy with a viable, practical alternative to abortion.

Commissioner’s Firearms Proficiency Award – Officer Joel Ayers
Officer Ayers has been with the department for six years. He received this award in 2013 and 2015, which is given to the officer with the highest score in pistol qualifications for the year. For this award, he had a perfect score.

Lifesaving Award – Officer Bradley Redinger and Officer Aaron McCoy
Officer Redinger has been with the department for seven years, and Officer McCoy for three. In August 2016, the two responded to an apartment fire in Lancaster Township. Initial reports indicated that there was a man and his son in one of the apartments who could not evacuate because the son was confined to a wheelchair. The officers entered the building and encountered a large amount of smoke. After finding the apartment, they used a bed sheet to wrap up the son and then carried him outside and away from danger. They then returned to the building and assisted with the evacuation of other residents.

Civilian of the Year Award – Annette Paris
Annette Paris has been with the department for 14 years. She coordinates the maintenance of the department’s vehicle fleet, the building, and the computer and alarm systems. To all of our vendors, she is the “face” of Manheim Township. She was selected for this award by her peers, and previously received the award in 2011 and 2013.

Officer of the Year – Officer Randy Nolt
Officer Nolt has been with the department for eight years. Over the course of his time with the department, he has become an officer that supervisors depend on to coach both junior and senior officers. He is currently an OIC (Officer-in-Charge) of second platoon and assists the Sergeant with supervisory tasks. He is also a Field Training Officer. In 2016, he led his platoon with criminal arrests (44) and traffic citations and warnings. He was credited with solving a restaurant burglary within 24 hours, and also with proactively addressing an area of Manheim Township with a high rate of guns, drugs, and other illegal activity. He has received praise from his supervisors for him excellent communication skills and positive attitude.

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