|Sgt Richard Blake (blue shirt) presented Nathan Ogden award by Chief Dan Pancoast. His wife Krystyna and sons Ben and Paul attended the ceremony before Township Commissioners.|
This year's recipient is Bethlehem Township Sergeant Richard Blake, a 23-year veteran.
Chief Dan Pancoast told Commissioners at their September 15 meeting that the honor was conferred on Sgt. Blake because of his work in several cases.
When a mentally distraught and suicidal man had doused himself with gasoline, Sgt. Blake risked his life by climbing into a car with a man who was one lit match away from ending his life, When the statute of limitations was ready to expire on a brutal sexual assault, Sgt. Blake was able to develop information that led to the arrest of two assailants. In addition, Chief Pancoast detailed Sgt. Blake's work in breaking up prostitution rings and meth labs.
After the award was announced, Sgt. Blake received a standing ovation, and actually started to smile.
This is at least the second time that a Bethlehem Township police officer has received the Nathan Ogden award. In 2010, the honor went to Captain George J. Boksan, who is currently the Director of Safety at Moravian College.