Patrolman Daniel Papale and Patrolman Justin Allenbaugh
Patrolman Daniel Papale and Patrolman Justin Allenbaugh were recently sworn in as Ross Township Police Officers by Magistrate Richard Opiela. Ptl. Papale previously worked as a sergeant with the University of Pittsburgh Police Department and Ptl. Allenbaugh previously worked with the Crafton Police Department.
Officer Donovan and Officer Devenyi were given the Certificate of Commendation
On 9/22/12, Ptl. Ryan Donovan and Ptl. Balazs Devenyi investigated a hit and run crash that occurred on McKnight Rd. The victim had followed the suspect vehicle to a nearby apartment complex. During their interaction with the suspect driver, his actions and conduct arose suspicion and concern from the officers. During the course of the encounter the suspect driver defied the officers’ verbal directions and began to physically resist. While attempting to restrain the driver, they found that he was attempting to draw a concealed handgun. The officers were able to physically control the driver, secure the firearm and safely affect the arrest. This encounter took place in very close proximity to the hit and run victim, as well as unsuspecting nearby residents. The officers’ diligence, quick reactions, and perseverance enabled them to prevent a deadly encounter. Their actions were in keeping with the highest standards of law enforcement, as well as those of the Ross Township Police Department.
Officer Garcia was given the Department's Life Saving Award
On 9/19/12, Ptl. Gregory Garcia monitored another police unit being dispatched to assist EMS with a reported 65 year old male who was not breathing. Ptl. Garcia determined that he was closer to the call than the assigned unit and responded. Upon his arrival at the scene, he found the victim to be unresponsive and in full cardiac arrest. Ptl. Garcia immediately updated incoming units, began CPR and utilized his Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Ptl. Garcia’s actions resulted in the victim surviving the attack. His quick response, decisive action and application of training brought a positive outcome to an otherwise tragic event.
The Ross Police Department would like to congratulate the following officers who were promoted this evening:
Sgt. Joseph Ley was promoted to Lieutenant. Lt. Ley has been with the department for 22 years and has served as a Patrolman, Det ective, Patrol Sergeant, and lastly as the Sergeant of Detectives. Lt. Ley will be assigned as the Operations Lieutenant, overseeing the daily operations of the police department.
Sgt. Albert Hribik was promoted to Lieutenant. Lt. Hribik has served with the Ross Police Department for 22 years. Lt. Hribik served the last 14 years as a Patrol Sergeant on the daylight shift.
Patrolman Joseph LaMonica was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. LaMonica has served with the Ross Police Department since 1994. Sgt. Lamonica has been previously assigned as a Field Training Officer and also served as a Detective specializing in forensic investigations.
Patrolman Randall McAllister was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. McAllister is currently in his 13th year serving with the Ross Police Department. Sgt. McAllister has spent the last 10 years assigned to the Detective Division. Sgt. McAllister is also a member of the North Hills Special Response Team.
The Ross Police Department would like to congratulate Lt. Gary Waters upon his retirement following 34 years of service with the police department. Lt. Waters was hired in 1978 and served as a Patrol Officer until 1988 when he was assigned to the Detective Division. In 2000 Waters was promoted to Lieutenant and served as the department’s Administrative Lieutenant until his retirement.
Ross Township officers pictured are part of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates salute to Hometown Heroes.
Millard J. "Chip" Mella, 78, of McCandless, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in Pittsburgh April 13, 1934, to Anna and Charles Mella. Chip is survived by his daughters, Kathy Stern, Karen (Mark) Hammond, and Carole (Jim) Krebs; his former wife, Elizabeth Reilly; six grandchildren; and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha (Nock) Mella and brothers, Ralph, Bill and Charles.
Chip graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served his community as a Ross Township Police Officer, retiring in 1993 after 25 years on the force.
He was also a U.S. Army veteran. An avid outdoor adventurer, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. His true passion was landscaping.