Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Honors Two Duquesne University Police Officers
Two Duquesne University police officers were presented with the Recognition of Excellence award by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police at its annual awards ceremony on Dec. 12. Officers Joseph Krah and Mark Steenson were recognized for their quick response to an unstable and potentially life threatening situation during a July 13 incident.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. that morning, Krah and Steenson responded to shots that were fired in the area of 5th Avenue and Stevenson Street. Being directed by Cpl. Dave Williams, the officers received multiple witness descriptions of the suspect and his direction of flight, which helped the officers quickly find the suspect and handcuff him. A 9 mm Ruger handgun, which appeared ready to fire, was observed in the suspect's waistband and recovered.
"Officers Krah and Steenson quickly took control of a very chaotic situation that had potential to be life threatening," said Tom Hart, director of public safety at Duquesne University. "The professionalism and quick response prevented the incident from escalating and the suspect from fleeing the area."
The Recognition of Excellence award is generally presented to police officers who have performed a task above and beyond that which is required.
"The entire department is very proud," Hart added.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.