HARRY E. NEAL AWARD: This award is named in honor of a former Assistant Chief of the Secret Service and Editor of the AFAUSSS Pipeline (Newsletter).  The award is given to several law enforcement officers each year who have performed outstanding service to the community in the form of a heroic act or extraordinary investigation.  Each officer receives a plaque and a check for $1,000.00 from the Foundation of the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service.

This program provides an opportunity for AFAUSSS to support the U.S. Secret Service by involving the District SAIC, RAIC, or RA in the presentation of the award.  The award is generally presented where the officer is stationed with appropriate police officials and AFAUSSS members in attendance.  On occasion, the award may be presented at the AFAUSSS national conference or other appropriate law enforcement gathering. 

For a list of Harry E. Neal Awards Presented click here.

Harry E. Neal Awards Presented

2017

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Harry E. Neal Award: Lt. Gary Burman, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department

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Left to Right: Lt. Gary Burman (Louisville Metro Police Department), Jan Gilhooly (AFAUSSS President)

On September 5, 2017 Lt. Burman was presented an AFAUSSS Harry Neal Award at a ceremony hosted at the Louisville Field Office. AFAUSSS was represented by President Jan Gilhooly, President Elect Dennis McCarthy, Region Three Director Rich Caruso and Lead Advance Karen Barry. Lt. Burman started his career with the Louisville Police Department (now LMPD) in 1980 and became a member of the Dignitary Protection Team in 1987.

Lt. Burman has been instrumental in providing and coordinating motorcade and uniformed manpower support for every Secret Service dignitary visiting the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Lt. Burman has been LMPD's Dignitary Protection Team point of contact for the past twenty years and has never failed to provide the highest level of partnership and service.

In the face of budgetary constraints and a reduced work force, Lt. Burman was able to ensure that all Secret Service dignitaries were provided the appropriate level of motorcade and uniformed LMPD support. Lt. Burman also conducts appropriate liaison with numerous other police and military entities supporting the Secret Service protective mission. Whether it is a Presidential visit or small detail, Lt. Burman plans, organizes and executes a robust operation plan with attention to even the smallest details.

Lt. Burman's efforts have been outstanding; especially due the high number of protective visits to the Louisville district, especially during the Presidential campaign years.

The partnership and collaboration between LMPD and the Secret Service and Lt. Burman's commitment to support their protective mission has helped ensure that all Secret Service dignitaries in the city of Louisville receive the highest level of protection possible. Lt. Burman's professionalism and dedication to duty has had a positive impact on the safety and security on Secret Service dignitaries.

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Harry E. Neal Award: Detective Michael P. Helsby, Lexington Police Department

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Left to Right: Chief Mark Barnard (Lexington KY Police Department), Mrs. Helsby,
Detective Michael Helsby (Lexington KY Police Department), Jan Gilhooly (AFAUSSS President)

On September 5, 2017 Detective Helsby was presented an AFAUSSS Harry Neal Award at a ceremony hosted at the Louisville Field Office. AFAUSSS was represented by President Jan Gilhooly, President Elect Dennis McCarthy, Region Three Director Rich Caruso and Lead Advance Karen Barry.

Detective Helsby has served on the Lexington Police Department for nearly 14 years and is currently a distinguished member of the United States Secret Service Kentucky Electronic Crimes Task Force (Lexington Resident Office). His outstanding investigative efforts have had a significant community impact in Central Kentucky. Specifically, as a member of the Task Force, Detective Helsby was the lead investigator in an embezzlement case perpetrated against one of the largest commercial real estate developers in Lexington, KY. His investigation revealed victim losses in excess of $1,000,000 spanning over a decade. Detective Helsby's investigation led to a successful federal prosecution of a Vice President within the victim company. As a result of his extraordinary investigative efforts, Detective Helsby, working jointly with the USSS Asset Forfeiture Division, was able to locate and seize assets in excess of $1,000,000 that will ultimately be criminally forfeited and utilized to restore the victim’s loss. To date, this marks the largest single criminal forfeiture for the Secret Service Lexington Resident Office. In addition to his exceptional service to the community, Detective Helsby is an outstanding liaison between the Lexington Police Department and the United States Secret Service. In April, 2017, Detective Helsby was specifically recognized by United States Secret Service Office of Investigations Assistant Director Kenneth Jenkins for his outstanding accomplishments and professional law enforcement expertise.

Detective Helsby's meticulous work and unwavering dedication to the investigative mission represent the Lexington Police Department, the United States Secret Service and the citizens he serves in an impeccable manner.

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Harry E. Neal Award: Officer Nicholas A. "Nick" Rodman, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department

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Left to Right: Andrew Rodman (brother of deceased Nicholas Rodman), Jan Gilhooly (AFAUSSS President)

On September 5, 2017 Officer Rodman was presented an AFAUSSS Harry Neal Award at a ceremony hosted at the Louisville Field Office. AFAUSSS was represented by President Jan Gilhooly, President Elect Dennis McCarthy, Region Three Director Rich Caruso and Lead Advance Karen Barry. Officer Rodman started his career with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) in 2013 and died in the performance of his duties on March 29, 2017.

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at approximately 8 pm, LMPD officers responded to a domestic violence incident in which shots were fired. The suspect fled from officers and struck Officer Rodman’s cruiser at a high rate of speed as he entered the intersection of 26th and Duncan, resulting in a fiery crash. Fellow officers were eventually able to free Officer Rodman from the burning cruiser and immediately transported him to the University of Louisville Medical Center. On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at approximately 3:40 pm, Officer Rodman succumbed to his injuries.

Nick was 30 years of age and had proudly served with the LMPD since 2013. Nick was a graduate of Holy Cross High School, where he was an all-District football player and a 2009 graduate of Georgetown College.

He is survived by his wife Ashley, son Mason and newborn daughter Ellie. Nick's father, Officer George Rodman, and brother, Sergeant Andy Rodman, continue to serve with the LMPD and have a combined 41 years of service to our community.

Officer Nick Rodman, his father, and brother have worked directly with the U. S. Secret Service, Louisville Field Office.

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