NECUSA Award Winners Named at Annual Conference

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association (NECUSA) announced its award winners at the 53rd NECUSA annual conference held June 18-21.

The winners are:

NECUSA Professional Achievement:

  • Detective Troy McNair and Corporal Jeffrey Huff of the Lower Allen Police Department from Pennsylvania for their collaboration between Messiah College and Lower Allen Police department in sharing resources for crime prevention.
  • Deputy Chief Deborah Crafts of Simmons College and Administrative Services/ Program Manager Richard W. Lee of the University of Massachusetts, Boston for their development, design and delivery of week-long comprehensive crime prevention programs to front line officers who now can go back to their college campuses and help prepare students on safety issues. 

Robert Bunker Award Outstanding Performance:


  • Officers Margaret Goodwin and Edward Helling both of St. John Fisher College for saving a distraught student who may have suffered fatal injuries without their intervention.  Chief Michael McCarthy who is also a NECUSA board member was present to accept these awards on the officers’ behalf.

Exemplary Performance Award:


  • Moravian College Sergeant Joel LaBriola for his quick thinking and action. He spotted and stopped individuals off campus who were involved in an armed robbery. He requested back up from both local and college police, and as a result, there were no injuries during the arrest.
  • Lieutenant Wayne Pietzsch from Delaware Valley College was also honored for stopping two individuals. One ran, but Lt. Pietzsch apprehended and disarmed the other suspect. It was later determined there were three suspects stealing laptops on campus. All three were charged for larceny and were found guilty.

Lawrence Joy Award:

  • This award was presented to Amanda Warman by NECUSA President Chris Daley for her unselfish hours and dedication to the continued enhancement of the NECUSA organization. Year after year, Amanda successfully produces a fantastic conference. Her work in obtaining different locations throughout the Northeast and getting the “best deals” in town have not gone unnoticed.

Award committee chair Rosemary Naughton added, “It was with great pleasure serving on the Award Committee, and I would like to extend congratulations to all winners on behalf of the NECUSA Board members.  Special thanks to all the folks who nominated their employees this past year.  Please be thinking of who you will nominate next year when extraordinary events occur on your campus.”

Next year’s conference will take place in New Hampshire June 10-17, 2007. For additional information, go to

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