Talk Radio 1210 WPHT is partnering with Barbera on the Boulevard to thank the men and women of local law enforcement. Listen to Rich Zeoli every first Friday of the month for Barbera Backs the Badge. Rich will feature a different officer every month sharing their stories with you.
SURPRISE FOR SERGEANT SYLVIA YOUNG
Interview with John McNesby President of the FOP
Officer Sammy Sanchez grew up in Newark, NJ where he attended high school until 10th grade when he had to leave to go to work. He then received GED 20 years later. Officer Sanchez graduated the Police Academy in: June of 2001. After graduation he was assigned to the: 25thDistrict. From there he has many assignments; District Attorney Protection Unit, Northwest Task Force, 35th District, Police Diversion Unit , 2nd District ,The Mayors Detail and then back to the 2nd where he is currently assigned.
By becoming a police officer Sanchez uses his own personal life to connect with people in need he comes in contact with every day with the intention to do the best he can to help them.
Office Sanchez is married with 4 children. As a father with a child with autism he started his own charity called “Bowling 4 IPads” to help children with Autism in the Philadelphia School System. He also is the owner and founder of Semper FI Martial Arts Academy. Officer Sanchez is the captain and head trainer of the Police Boxing Team, A member of the Police Law Enforcement Memorial Running Team, a member of SALEA (Spanish American Law Enforcement Association) where he donates time to feed the homeless, speaks to PAL groups and other organizations.
OFFICER FRANCIS LEADEN
Officer Francis Leaden grew up in the Lawncrest section of Northeast Philadelphia. He attended Saint William Grade School and Cardinal Dougherty High School. Officer Leaden graduated the Police Academy in April of 1990. After graduation he was assigned to TRT Unit (Tactical Response Team) and then assigned to the 26th District until 1994 where I was partners with his brother Michael Leaden, from 1991 until 1994. In 1994 they were both shot in the line of duty and separated. Officer Leaden went to the Major Crimes Auto Theft Unit (where he serves to this day) and his brother went to the Airport Unit. After the shooting, then Mayor Rendell, called him and asked how we were doing and said if it was up to him, family members wouldn’t work together. To this day there is no rule but you don’t see family members work together often.
Officer Leaden’s duties in Major Crimes Auto Theft Unit involve investigations of long term auto thefts such as stolen vehicles getting shipped to other countries, chop shops. Insurance Fraud and anything else that has to do with stolen vehicles. Officer Leaden also cross- designated as a Homeland Security Customs Officer, which allows him to investigate containers being shipped out of the country.
Officer Leaden became a police officer because friends of his were in the department and they told him what a fulfilling and great job it was. He also worked as a city prison guard for 4 months before the Police Academy.
Officer Leaden has 2 children; Francis Jr. and Brian. They are both presently Philadelphia Police Officers. Francis is in the 15th District (Mayfair) and Brian is a Bike Patrol Officer in the 24th District (Kensington). Brian also served in the Army for 4 years and served a tour in Iraq. He also have 3 grand-children, Christopher, Brady and Seamus. Officer Leaden is proud of raising two great sons who are productive members of society and proud they chose the profession he is in.
OFFICER DANIEL KOSTIC
Officer Daniel Kostick grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia where he attended Northeast Prep High School. Officer Kostick graduated from the Police Academy in July 2009. After graduation he was assigned to the 19th District. Officer Kostick currently serves with the Crime Scene Unit. He is married with two children.
WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the month Det. Tim Brooks with & Steven Weiler of FOP Lodge 5 and Tom Hessert of Barbera Autoland .
DET. TIM BROOKS
Detective Tim Brooks grew up in the West Oak Lane & Lawndale sections of Philadelphia. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School and will graduate in May of 2018 from Immaculata with a degree in Emergency Management.
Det. Brooks graduated the Police Academy in April 1992. After graduation he was assigned to the 25th District, then served in the Center City District, Central and East Detectives. For the past 9 years Det. Brooks has been a member of Bomb Squad. He also have collateral duties as the Bomb Squad Representative to the ATF Arson & Explosives Task Force.
“Police department is the family business, My grandfather became a Philly cop in the 1930’s and my Uncle, his son followed. I have a cousin who’s retired and several other distant relatives and in-laws on the job “ says Brooks who is married and like to spend time at the Jersey shore whenever possible.
WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the month Officer Joseph Cooney with & Steven Weiler of FOP Lodge 5 and Tom Hessert of Barbera Autoland .
OFFICER JOSEPH COONEY
Officer Joseph Cooney grew up the Frankford section of Philadelphia. He attended Cardinal Dougherty High School. Officer Cooney graduated the Police Academy in February of 1996. After graduation he was assigned to 6th District. Officer Cooney is currently assigned to the S.W.A.T. Unit. His father and two uncles inspired him to become a police officer. Office Cooney has two daughters and when not serving on the force he can be found servicing as Assistant Wrestling Coach at Archbishop Ryan HS, Assistant Softball Coach at St Albert the Great, Softball Coach at Rhawnhurst AA. Officer Cooney has also participated in the Law Enforcement Run to Washington DC.
WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the month Sgt. Thomas Bagnell & Aaron Cottman, along with John Hoyt & Steven Weiler of FOP Lodge 5.
SGT. THOMAS BAGNELL
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Thomas Bagnell grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He attended North Catholic High School and Holy Family University. Sgt. Bagnell graduated from the Police Academy in December 1999. After graduation Sgt. Bagnell was assigned to: 18th District. His current assignment is with the 25th District Narcotics Enforcement Team. There are two reasons that Sgt. Bagnell felt drawn to police work. First, he was always taught to help those who couldn’t help themselves. He has always taken that life lesson very seriously. As a result Sgt. Bagnell feels that law enforcement was natural fit for him professionally. Secondly, growing up he saw the horrible effects of drugs and the drug trade and wanted to be part of the solution to that problem. Sgt. Bagnell is married with four children. In 2010 he was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and shortly after fulfilled a promise that he made to himself to return to school and complete his bachelor’s degree.
OFFICER AARON COTTMAN
Philadelphia Police Officer Aaron Cottman grew up in North Philadelphia and Germantown sections of the city. He attended Frankford High School and Bloomsburg University. Officer Cottman graduated the Police Academy in 1997 with Philadelphia Housing Police and then again in 2003 with Philadelphia Police Department. After graduation, Officer Cottman was assigned to 5th District. His current assignment is with the 25th District Narcotics Enforcement Team. Officer Cottman’s stepfather, a retired officer who served in the he state attorney general office, was a great influence for a career in law enforcement. Officer Cottman has two children AJ and Kiarra.
WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officer of the month William Killian, along with John Hoyt of FOP Lodge 5 and Tom Hessert of Barbera Autoland .
OFFICER WILLIAM KILLIAN
Police Officer William (Biilly) Killian has been a Philadelphia Police Officer for 17 years. He started in the 18th District in West Philadelphia where he worked with the tactical and narcotic enforcement team. Officer Killian is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit.
In addition to his police duties. Officer Killian is also the General Manager of the Police Baseball team known as the BlueSox. The baseball team is made up of police officers that play in a series of charity tournaments and games, they also host our their own events to support local charities and organizations. The team also travels the country to help other cities police and fire departments raise money for their charity’s each year. For more information on the BlueSox CLICK HERE or visit: http://www.philapolicebluesox.com/
WPHT News Anchor Dawn Stensland and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the Month Gerald Wolford, Daniel Williams and Jeremy Elliot.
OFFICERS DANIEL WILLIAMS, JEREMY ELLIOT & GERALD WOLFORD
Police Officer Daniel Williams grew up in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia where he attended Father Judge High School. Officer Williams graduated from the Police Academy in October of 2008. After graduation he was assigned to the 39th District where he currently serves. Officer Williams chose to follow in his Uncle’s, an officer for 30 years, footsteps and become of police officer. Officer Williams is married with 2 children.
Police Officer Jeremy Elliot grew up in Philadelphia and attended Lincoln High School. Officer Elliot graduated from the Police Academy in April of 2007 and was assigned to the 39th District where he currently serves. Officer Elliot chose to become a police officer because he always wanted to help people. He has a fiancée Nicole, daughter Serena and step daughter Gemma.
Police Officer Gerald Wolford grew up in Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Swenson High School. Officer Wolford graduated from the Police Academy in October 2008 and was assigned to 39th District where he currently serves. Officer Wolford is matted with two children.
Barbera Autoland Representative Tom Hessert presents FOP donation check to Vice President of the FOP Steven Weiler alongside WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the Month Cedric Carter and Mark Alston.
OFFICERS CEDRIC CARTER & MARK ALSTON
Police Officer Cedric Carter grew up in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. He attended Olney High School & University of Phoenix. Officer Carter graduated from the Police Academy in July 1998. After graduation, he was assigned to 15th District where he served for 13 ½ years. Officer Carter is currently serving with the Highway Patrol unit and has been for the past 5 ½ years. Officer Carter enjoys helping those who need assistance helping themselves. He is married and has 3 children and 1 granddaughter. Over his years of service Officer Carter has received several commendations, citations for his service on the Philadelphia Police Force.
Police Officer Mark Alston grew up in West Philadelphia. He attended Edward W. Bok Technical High School. He graduated from the Police Academy in September 1990. After graduation, Officer Alston was assigned to the Center City District, 22nd District & 14th Districts. He currently is assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit. Officer Alston always wanted to be a Police Officer or State Trooper. He loves working kids.
Barbera Autoland Representative Tom Hessert presents FOP donation check to Vice President of the FOP Steven Weiler alongside WPHT Host Rich Zeoli and “Barbera Backs the Badge” featured Officers of the Month Christopher Noga and Vincent Luu
OFFICER CHRISTOPHER NOGA & OFFICER VINCENT LUU
Officer Luu was born and raised in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. He speaks Vietnamese and Chinese- Cantonese and came to the United States when he was 18 years old.
Philadelphia was the first city that he lived in. He worked for Upenn as an Animal Technician for 3 years then moved to Jacksonville, Florida to work on his Bachelor Degree at University of North Florida. Officer Luu graduated in 2012 with the B. A. Degree in Criminal Justice, then moved back to Philadelphia and started his Master Degree at Saint Jospeh’s University.
Officer Luu graduated in 2013 with the M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice and was hired by Philadelphia Police Department and started in the Academy in September 2013. He has been with the Police department for three years. He always want to be a Police Officer and hopes one day to become a Criminal Investigator.
Officer Noga is 29 years old, and grew up in the Elkins Park section of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Cheltenham high school and Montgomery County Community College. He is currently attending classes at Philadelphia University pursuing a degree in Law Enforcement leadership. Officer Noga was appointed to the Philadelphia police academy in September 2013, and graduated in June 2014, then assigned to the 19th district. He walked a foot beat in the 19th district for six months, then was assigned to a line squad in the 19th where he and Officer Luu have been partners ever since.
Officer Noga initially focused on accounting in college, but came to find that it really wasn’t for him. He decided to take several criminal justice courses and really enjoyed them, and decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. He always prided himself on solving conflict, and defending those who cannot defend themselves. As for future ambitions, Officer Noga hopes to climb the ranks, and become a leader in the department.
SERGEANT SYLVIA YOUNG
Sergeant Sylvia Young grew up in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia where she attended Frankford High School, the Temple University. Sergeant Young graduated the Police Academy in December 1999. After graduation, she was assigned to Center City District, then served the 14th District. Sergeant Young is currently assigned to the 22nd District in West Philadelphia Section of the City. She always wanted to be a police officer. Sargent young has two daughters Jasmine and Jade.
OFFICER THOMAS FARRELL & OFFICER CHRISTOPHER SIMONE
Officer Thomas Farrell grew up in the Hunting Park section of Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Cardinal Dougherty High School. Officer Farrell graduated the Police Academy in June 1994. After graduation, he was assigned to the Center City District and since he has served in the 35th District in Olney and Highway Patrol . Officer Farrell is currently assigned to the 2nd District in the Mayfair Section of the City. He has served in the U.S. Army for 8 years and always wanted to serve my city that I grew up in. Officer Farrell is married to his wife Gina and they have a daughter Krystal (19) and a son Tommy (17).
Officer Christopher Simone grew up in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Father Judge High School. Officer Smone graduated the Police Academy in December 1996. After graduation, he was assigned to the 23rd District in the North Philadelphia section of the City. Officer Simone is currently assigned to the 2nd District in the Mayfair Section of the City. He is former U.S. Marine and after serving the United States he felt it his duty to serve his city. Officer Simone is married to his wife Tina and they have two sons Christopher and Alex.
CHIEF GREGORY C. MASI
The Philadelphia Second Alarmers were organized in 1921 and is now entering their 93rd year of service. The mission statement of the 2nd Alarmers is to provide Emergency Scene Rehabilitation at emergency scenes. They provide hot and cold beverages, food and various types of equipment that will be utilized by our emergency responders. Their firehouse is located in East Falls, where they house 4 pieces of apparatus. Each one is equipped to supply wide area lighting, Communications equipment, SCBA cylinders and creature comforts, such as gloves, hoods, misting fans, and hand warmers and heaters during the winter season. Many of their members are Emergency Medical Technicians.
Gregory Masi was elected as Chief of the 2nd Alarmers in 2001. In addition to his duties as Chief of the 25 member organization, he is currently a police sergeant, with 39 years of service and is assigned to the Philadelphia Communications 9-1-1- center. He has always been involved in public safety since his early days. In 1973, he was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department, Reserve Fire Force, which was a total volunteer organization. They were dispatched on every major fire in the city to help the firefighters set up equipment. He was promoted to Lieutenant before leaving to join the Philadelphia Police Department in 1977. He is married to Marsha Masi, who is also a member of the 2nd Alarmers. Chief Masi’s son Greg Jr became a Philadelphia Firefighter in February of this year and is currently assigned to Engine 68 in West Philadelphia.
OFFICER JAMES MCCULLOUGH
Officer James McCullough grew up in the East Torresdale section of Northeast Philadelphia. He attended Father Judge High School and graduated in 2010. Officer McCullough graduated from the Police Academy in December of 2014. After graduation, he was assigned to the 25th District in the Kensington Section of the city where he was on foot-beat for six months. He was then sent to a permanent assignment which was the 18th district in Southwest Philadelphia.
Officer McCullough is a first generation Police Officer who always knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in service to my community and/or country whether it be in the Police Department, Fire Department or Military Service.
Officer McCullough has a two-year old daughter named Callina. He and his fiancé, Samantha, are planning to be married in May, 2017. He is currently enrolled at Holy Family University scheduled to graduate in the Spring 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Criminal Justice.