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Civilians recognized for heroic efforts

WCPD bestows Civilian Commendation Awards

Post Date:02/28/2018 2:16 PM

Three civilians were honored Tuesday for their heroic efforts to intercede and protect the public under dangerous circumstances.


West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog presented the Civilian Commendation Awards at the Feb. 27 West Chester Board of Trustees meeting. The Civilian Commendation Award is given to a civilian who performs a heroic act or achievement involving personal hazard with knowledge of the risk, above and beyond what is normally required or expected of a citizen.

Awards were presented to Silas Rose, Tyler Rose and Richard Burke for actions they took to protect civilians.

On Jan. 29, Silas Rose and his son, Tyler, interceded when a man exhibiting erratic behavior was able to make his way into the Learning Adventure Childcare Center. Silas Rose, owner of Buffalo Wings and Rings on Plum Square, and store manager Tyler Rose witnessed and experienced the man as he screamed, broke landscape lighting and ultimately made his way into the lobby of the childcare center. Silas and Tyler followed the individual into the lobby and Silas put himself between the man and access to the center’s classrooms. The man punched Silas in the face and began fighting with Silas and Tyler. The man was later determined to be intoxicated and was charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism and assault.

“Their actions caused this violent individual to focus on them and not others in the childcare center,” Chief Herzog said. “Without knowing whether the man was armed or what his intentions were, these outstanding citizens acted without hesitation to safeguard the lives of others.”

Richard Burke was recognized for actions he took on Jan. 31 to intervene in the kidnapping of a U.S. Postal Service delivery driver. When an armed man jumped into the mail truck and demanded the carrier drive, the mail carrier’s screams were heard by Richard. As the truck was moving, Richard was able to grab hold of the man, allowing the driver to escape the truck and take the keys. Richard disengaged from the man once the mail carrier escaped to safety and then phoned 911 where he provided critical information to emergency dispatchers. The man was arrested without incident and is charged with kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

“Mr. Burke saw a fellow citizen in danger and acted without hesitation, disregarding his own personal safety, to come to her aid,” said Chief Herzog. “Without Mr. Burke’s heroic intervention, the outcome of this incident could have been much more tragic.”   

Watch video of the awards presentation (starts at the 1:25 mark) from the Board of Trustees meeting.

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