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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.