TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Homestead police chief, officers honored

Eric Slagle | Daily News
Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone and officers Randy Ernst, Ron DePellegrin, Matt Fusco, Cpl. Jeffrey Luptak, James Ilgenfritz and Max participated in an awards ceremony at a council meeting on Thursday.

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Homestead police recognized some of their own at a council meeting this week with commendations and awards for service.

“These guys go above and beyond,” is how Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone described officers who received the awards that recognized years of service, feats of bravery and lifesaving, and general outstanding service.

DeSimone, who received a life-saving award for rescuing a borough employee who was choking, said the department used to regularly recognize service but had gotten away from the practice several years ago because of short staffing, hectic schedules and other reasons.

Noting some of the actions recognized date back to 2009, the chief said the awards were overdue.

Officers Matt Fusco and James Wintruba were commended for a drug bust at the Waterfront they initiated that led to a weapons conviction after the officers discovered a homemade explosive device in the suspect's car.

Fusco also was recognized for brave actions he took to prevent a woman from jumping off the Homestead Grays Bridge. Fusco raced forward to grab the woman as she was beginning to climb over the railing. DeSimone said the momentum of the woman could have pulled the officer over the bridge with her but fortunately didn't.

Officer Ron DePellegrin received commendation for an arrest that led to the conviction of an ecstasy dealer and for his investigation of an abduction at the Waterfront.

Several officers were recognized for their years of service with the department: Cpl. Jeffrey Luptak, seven years; and officers Ian Strang, eight years; Fusco, six years; DePellegrin, Wintruba, James Ilgenfritz and Scott Miller, five years; and Randy Ernst, three years.

Officers received congratulations from officials and citizens at the meeting.

“I think we have a great force,” Mayor Betty Esper said.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read McKeesport

  1. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank ramps up for holiday season
  2. School bus accident in Pleasant Hills sends 4 to the hospital
  3. Court-appointed receiver approves pact between Duquesne, teachers union
  4. Troupe transfers beloved ‘Charlie Brown’ TV special to stage
  5. McKeesport middle school students get taste of crime-scene investigations
  6. Mayor’s comments out of line, West Mifflin Area school directors say
  7. North Versailles Township marks return of police K-9 unit
  8. Audit reveals slight surplus in Clairton school budget
  9. Tractor-trailer overturns, ruptures gas line in West Mifflin
  10. Mon Valley service groups, volunteers prepare early Thanksgiving meals
  11. McKeesport plans to hold line on taxes, municipal fees
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.