2022 Public Safety Award

- 6/25/2023

Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 845 solicits nominees from the local Police Departments, Fire Companies, and Ambulance Companies to be recognized for their service.  Police Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics submitted for consideration are reviewed and selected by the Post Safety Committee for their selfless service to the community.  The winners at the Post Level then advance to the Pennsylvania Department (State) Level. If our nominee is selected at the State Level, they advance to the National Level.  


For 2022, the Henry J. Thomas Memorial Post 845 of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, presented two awards to members of our First Responder Community for their service.   Each awardee was presented with a certificate and a check for $500.00.   

 John Radko Award

(Police Officer)


The John Radko Award, for Outstanding Police Officer, was presented to Traffic Enforcement Officer Patrick Gardner of the West Whiteland Township Police Department, Exton, PA. 
Officer Gardner has served the West Whiteland Township Police Department since 2015.  Officer Patrick Gardner is assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit. 

Emergency Medical Technician Award


The Post has selected Emergency Medical Technician Captain Gregory Kohlmaier of the East Brandywine Fire Department.

Captain Kohlmaier has served with the Fire Company since 2014.  He has been responsible for the operations of the Emergency Medical Unit since 2017.  In 2021, he was awarded the Chester County Emergency Medical Technician of the Year.  Congratulations!

Firefighter Award


 The Post solicited for, but did not receive, any submissions for an Outstanding Firefighter.  We hope to see better participation next year.  Pass the word!