The Daniel Boone Optimist Club hosted its annual Respect for Law Banquet Feb. 7 at the Berks Career and Technology Center's East Campus. For their hard work and noble efforts in the past year, two local police officers received recognition, most notably as recipients of The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Awards. State Senator John Rafferty, Jr. of District 44 presented Officer Thomas Gauby Jr. of The Amity Township Police Department with a Pennsylvania State Senate citation or award.All 50 state senators voted unanimously to honor Gauby for his commendable endeavors as a part of Berks County's law enforcement. Gauby's time serving as an officer in Amity Township began in April of 2002.

He is the crime prevention officer for the department and among many other things, does fingerprinting in schools, said Amity Township Police Chief, Noël Roy.

"Officer Gauby, along with fellow officer, Cory Huntsinger, recently saved a 62-year-old woman's life," said Roy. "When they arrived at the scene, the woman was unconscious with no pulse."

After Gauby's efforts to revive her, the woman was transported to the hospital and recovered.

"Officer Gauby has done an outstanding job for us," said Roy, "and he works very well with the community."

"I'm flattered. It feels good to be thanked for the work we do," Gauby said. "And I speak for all police officers when I say this."

Police Chief of The Birdsboro Police Department, Theodore Roth, nominated Officer David Seidel for these awards within his municipality.

"Any time a civic organization, such as The Optimist Club, hosts a program like this, it's a morale boost for all of our officers."

"I pinned my badge on in 1968," Seidel said.

A veteran of The U.S. Navy, Seidel originally took a part-time position with The Robeson Township PD. He joined the Birdsboro Borough PD in 1996.

State Senator Michael O 'Pake of District 11 later presented Seidel with a Senate citation for his achievements as a police officer in Birdsboro. This citation was also adopted unanimously by all 50 state senators.

"Seidel has excelled in patrol and investigative duties," Senator O 'Pake said.

Daniel Boone Optimist Club President, Tracey Robb, gave Police Chiefs Roy and Roth 2007 Respect for Law Program Community Service Awards for their departments' dedication to protecting the public.

Gauby and Seidel also received Law Enforcement Awards from Optimist International. As State Representative David Kessler of District 130 could not attend the event, Robb stood in, awarding citations to Gauby and Seidel from The Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

About the DBOC

The DBOC has been a community group for 40 years. This fall the club honored young students during the Youth Appreciation Banquet. They also conduct a luminaire project around Christmas where members put candles and sand in sacks and deliver them to some residents in Amity Township.

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