Citizens Crime Commission honors law enforcement who went above and beyond

Kristen Johanson
May 23, 2018 - 8:44 pm
The Citizens Crime Commission held their annual luncheon to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As part of an ongoing celebration of law enforcement officials this month, the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley held their annual luncheon to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.  

Hundreds packed a ballroom in the Bellevue Philadelphia as awards were handed out one-by-one to officers, prosecutors and investigators from all over the Delaware Valley.

"We get hundreds of jobs that were outstanding that need more notoriety and honor," said John Apeldorn, president of the commission.

The nonprofit is best known for posting reward money to entice information about violent incidents.  

This year's President's Award went to Delaware state Cpl. Stephen Ballard, who was shot and killed last year in a Wawa parking lot.

"It really means a lot," said his widow Louise Cummings. She accepted the award in his honor to a standing ovation. "They actually ... infused [his badge] in the award."

"We just want the family and everyone to know we have not forgotten a fallen officer," Apeldorn added.