Officer Marc Pfeiffer received the township's first annual award for "Outstanding Performance in 2001." Officer Kyle Tranovich was recognized for his efforts in pursuing escapees from New Morgan Academy in September, and retiring Chief of Police, Edgar Kirlin was recognized for his 27 years of service on the Caernarvon/Berks police force.
"With the 'Outstanding Performance' award, we're showing the community that we're keeping an eye on our guys and encouraging them to do the best job they can," said Sgt. Bill West, who coordinated the evaluation for the award with Chief Edgar Kirlin.
West explained that the award is based upon an officer's performance in a number of key operational areas including: investigations, criminal and traffic arrests, professional attitude, paperwork, organized case files, and all-around performance.
Officer Pfeiffer, who was not able to attend the ceremony, also received an orange and gold service ribbon.
"I'm proud but not proud of the situation," said Officer Kyle Tranovich about receiving his award. During the pursuit of the residents of New Morgan Academy who had escaped the facility's grounds Sept. 23, Tranovich separated his shoulder. As a result of the injury, he had to keep his shoulder in a sling for one month, spend one month in rehabilitation, and is still taking treatment therapy for his shoulder.
Tranovich has been a member of the Caernarvon/Berks force since June 2001. He had previously been a member of the Berks County Sheriff's Department's U.S. Marshall Task Force and served Shoemakersville as a part-time officer.
"I'm glad to be in Caernarvon," he said. "I want to be the best police officer I can be. It's been my dream since I was 11 years old."
One of the challenges of the job is knowing the law he is sworn to uphold. "We have so many laws in Pennsyvlvania," he said, "It's one of the toughest set of laws in the country to keep up on."
His fondest moment thus far in law enforcement was being hired by Caernarvon/Berks. "It was just wonderful," he said.
In addition to his award, Tranovich received a green and gold service ribbon.