PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – They are sworn to protect and to serve and rarely are they recognized.
This morning in Oakland, law enforcement officers from all around southwestern Pennsylvania, including local, state, and federal were recognized.
“Thank you every day for what you do. Thank you for your service. We look forward to working with you cooperatively with you together in the coming years,” United States Attorney David Hickton said.
It was a day filled with many thanks for members of the law enforcement community in western Pennsylvania. The keynote address was delivered from Pittsburgh Public School Superintendent Dr. Linda Lane.
“Even as I prepared my remarks for today long before the incident of yesterday, I thought about how much we depend on them, how much we trust them,” Lane said.
Some awards went to individuals. Others went to very large groups like the Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force that has apprehended 512 violent felony offenders in one year.
Allegheny County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Faulds encountered an active shooter in Downtown Pittsburgh last April and single-handedly held three shooters at gunpoint without ever firing a shot.
“I think you have to want to do this job. Something obviously not just in my blood, but the recipients up here, I think it’s something that’s in you,” Sgt. Faulds said.
His wife and two daughters were there to see him recognized in a room full of honorees.
“I just don’t, you just don’t think you belong. You don’t look at it. You see this group of people and the other people who got a reward and I sit here and obviously appreciate what they do,” Sgt. Faulds said.