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SEPTA Police Sergeant Wagner Honored for "Outstanding Performance"

SEPTA Police Sergeant Donn Wagner, a 20-year veteran of the Authority's Police Department, was the recipient of the 2010 Citizens Crime Commission award for Outstanding Police Performance in Philadelphia County.

Since 1954, the Commission, an organization that betters the quality of life in the Delaware Valley by improved safety and security initiatives, has assisted law enforcement in keeping the community as safe and crime free as possible. Its Tip Line is the most successful of its community based initiatives, providing a telephone service for collection of information relating to criminal activity from anonymous sources.

Each year, the Commission honors a police officer for outstanding police performance. An 18-member selection committee, comprised of chiefs of police and district attorneys throughout the Delaware Valley, votes on the most deserving nominee. For 2010, the committee chose Wagner.

"Sergeant Wagner came across a felony and took action. He put his life on the line, as he does every day on duty," said Citizens Crime Commission Vice President Santo M. Montecalvo. "His heroics prevented a violent crime from taking place. It was our honor to give Sergeant Wagner the award for most outstanding police performance."

On September 4, 2010, Wagner stopped a sexual assault in progress on the 100 block of Berks Street. After he was flagged down by a motorist who told him about the attack, Wagner immediately located the suspect assaulting the victim in a van and commanded the attacker to stop. The suspect refused to obey the command and continued the assault. Wagner was forced to spray the man with Oleoresin Capsicum (O.C.) spray and wrestle him away from the victim. Before back-up officers arrived, Wagner was charged by the suspect and had to use his baton to keep the suspect at bay. Once back-up arrived, the suspect was taken into custody and charged with attempted rape and related offenses.

During recurring attacks by the violent suspect, Wagner showed courageous perseverance and his composure to appropriately use his defensive tactics during the assault deserves recognition. Wagner's immediate and effective actions prevented any serious injury to all individuals involved.

Wagner, a resident of Delaware County, has held the rank of Police Sergeant since 2002. At the time of the incident, his shift was in South Philadelphia. He currently works the city-wide midnight shift, helping to prevent crime and protect the entire Philadelphia community.

SEPTA Police Sergeant Donn Wagner received the Citizens Crime Commission's 2010 Outstanding Police Performance in Philadelphia County Award.

SEPTA Deputy Police Chief David Scott (left) and SEPTA Police Chief Richard Evans (right) congratulate Sergeant Wagner

Citizens Crime Commission President John Apeldorn (right) presented Sergeant Wagner with his award.