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Police Cookout Draws Crowd

Photos by Larry Beverly

NIH held its annual Police Awareness Day cookout on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 on May 15. Guest of honor this year was NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, who donned an NIH Police ballcap and reviewed several public safety exhibits, including a ride up in the NIH Fire Department's lift truck.

NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (c) addresses uniformed and plainclothes police officers from the NIH Police Branch including (from l) Lt. Mark Knowles, Det. Mike Conto, Lt. Thomas Jensen and Lt. Udon Cheek.

Mike Gilroy, NIH Fire Department technician, shows Zerhouni details of fire engine controls.

A number of local police agencies participated in the luncheon/exhibit. The United States Park Police sponsored K-9 and horse-mounted units; the Metropolitan Transit (Metro) police brought a K-9 team; the Rockville Police had a D.A.R.E. vehicle; the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police had a display; the NIH Fire Department parked a fire engine on the site; and Montgomery County Police offered a child safety seat display. Also on hand were representatives of the ATF bomb disposal squad; the Department of Veterans Affairs; airport police; NIH Parking Office (Transhare Program); crime prevention unit; and NIH Federal Credit Union.

Joining ORS Director Steve Ficca (second from l) alongside a fire engine are (from l) Joe D'Ambrosio, Ricky Blair, Israel Burch, R. David Myers, Mike Gilroy, Sam Barnett, Frank Smith and Ed Gotthardt, Jr.

More than 300 lunches were served at the event, organized by Alvin D. Hinton, chief of the NIH Police. Lts. Lawrence Brown and Jody Luke served as the planning committee coordinators, and Lt. Udon Cheek was the special events coordinator. Several other Division of Public Safety staff members volunteered their time to make the event a success.

All proceeds will be donated to NIH charities.

Technician R. David Myers of the NIH Fire Department shows Zerhouni how the department's lift truck operates.

Zerhouni chats with fire fighters Gilroy (l) and Burch, along with Ficca (second from r) and Charles "Chick" Leasure, Jr., (r) NIH deputy director for management and CFO.

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