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National Police Week celebrated by South Allegheny students

| Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
South Allegheny High School students Jacob Copeland, Blake Kern and James Danielson offer assistance to police luncheon guests, FBI special agent Glenn R. Bonczek and Liberty Chief Luke Riley. Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News

South Allegheny High School students hosted a luncheon Friday for local officers in honor of National Police Week.

The luncheon was a token of thanks for officers from Glassport, Liberty, Port Vue and Lincoln.

“I give the students so much credit,” said Jason Ruzich, a South Allegheny staff member who oversaw the planning of the event. “They did a phenomenal job coming up with all the ideas themselves.”

The luncheon included a taco bar and dessert spread, prepared and served by the students, and music from senior Stephen Shriane.

Liberty police Chief Luke Riley, who is the South Allegheny school board president, was pleasantly surprised by the time and effort put into the police week activities.

“I love these kids,” Riley said. “I see them in the community all the time. It makes us officers more approachable when they see us as both police officers as well as fathers and grandfathers.”

Lt. Ron Benoit of Glassport was appreciative of the support from the students and school district.

“I'm very thankful for what the students are doing,” Benoit said. “It's not often we're shown such a simple ‘thank you.' It's impressive.”

Sophomore James Danielson was excited to plan and participate in the event. He said students wanted to thank the officers for keeping everyone safe and for the work they do.

National Police Week is celebrated the week of May 15 every year.

Christy Walters is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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