Fountain Hill officer among traffic safety honorees
The top city, borough, township and Pennsylvania State Police traffic safety officers were recognized with awards at a ceremony held July 2 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.
The awards recognized the officers who made the largest number of driving while under the influence arrests and issued the greatest number of traffic citations in police jurisdictions in the area. The ceremony is held annually under the auspices of the DUI Highway Safety Task Force.
Recognized for most city citations were Officer Craig Berger, of the Allentown Police Department, with 63 DUI arrests and Officer Anthony Scocca, of the Allentown Police Department with 836 traffic citations.
Recognized for most borough arrests were Officer Steven Fritzinger, of the Fountain Hill Police Department, with 50 DUI arrests; and Officer David Wood, of the Fountain Hill Police Department, with 1,465 traffic citations issued. Neither officer was able to attend the ceremony.
Sgt. Dathan Schlegel, of the Upper Macungie Police Department, was recognized as the top township officer with 54 DUI arrests, and 1,279 traffic citations.
Recognition for area Pennsylvania State Troopers included Trooper Timothy McManus, of Troop M, headquartered at the PSP Fogelsville Barracks with 64 DUI arrests and Trooper John Marstellar, also of Troop M, with 716 traffic citations.
Also during the ceremony, area police and fire officials issued a “Booze, Belts and Burns” safety alert for the safe handling of fireworks over the Independence Day holiday, emphasizing alcohol consumption and fireworks are a dangerous combination and urged area residents to leave fireworks displays to professionals. They said the warning was especially poignant throughout the summer since Pennsylvania state legislators has broadened laws governing fireworks sales to Pennsylvania residents.