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 Awards
Recognition Ceremony
U.S. Capitol Police Department
Washington, D.C.

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 Left to Right: Jan Gilhooly
(AFAUSSS Past President)
,
Special Agent Crystal Griner (Capitol Police),
Pat Sullivan
(AFAUSSS Member)
Left to Right: Jan Gilhooly
(AFAUSSS Past President)
,
Special Agent David Bailey (Capitol Police),
Pat Sullivan
(AFAUSSS Member) 

 

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 Left to Right: Jan Gilhooly
(AFAUSSS Past President)
,
Officer Kevin Jobe (Alexandria Police),
Pat Sullivan
(AFAUSSS Member)
 Left to Right: Jan Gilhooly
(AFAUSSS Past President)
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Officer Nicole Battaglia (Alexandria Police),
Pat Sullivan
(AFAUSSS Member)
 Left to Right: Jan Gilhooly
(AFAUSSS Past President)
,
Officer Alexander Jensen (Alexandria Police),
Pat Sullivan
(AFAUSSS Member)

On November 9, 2017, a recognition ceremony was held at the Congressional Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center to honor the heroic actions of two U.S. Capitol Police Department Officers and three Alexandria, Virginia Police Department Officers. These officers responded to the assault of a lone gunman at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14, 2017. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured along with three others wounded during this attack. Eyewitnesses reported that if not for the presence of the officers, the incident would have been a massacre.

AFAUSSS was honored to present our Harry E. Neal Awards to each of these five officers for their bravery and dedication to duty.  U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa worked closely with AFAUSSS Vice President Don Gambatesa over the past few months to arrange our participation in this noteworthy event. AFAUSSS was honored to be the first presentation amongst several law enforcement agencies at this recognition ceremony. The AFAUSSS Harry E. Neal Award presentations were made by AFAUSSS immediate past President Jan Gilhooly and AFAUSSS Washington, D.C. member Pat Sullivan. Also present were AFAUSSS members Frank Larkin, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms and Paul Irving, House of Representatives Sergeant at Arms.

In the true sense of real heroes, each officer designated a charity as indicated below to receive their financial awards. Following are the Harry Neal Award recipients honored at this recognition ceremony.

  • U.S. Capitol Police
 Special Agent Crystal Griner Rediscovering Me Clubhouse
  • U.S. Capitol Police
 Special Agent David Bailey

No. Carolina Central Univ, Div. of Institutional Adv.

  • Alexandria Police
 Officer Kevin Jobe American Cancer Society
  • Alexandria Police
 Officer Nicole Battaglia National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
  • Alexandria Police
 Officer Alexander Jensen COPS-Concerns of Police Survivors

Jan Gilhooly, AFAUSSS past President and Director Emeritus was in attendance:  “It was an honor for us and I was so impressed with Agents Griner and Bailey.  Their speeches, in which they thanked their peers and those who trained them, were an outstanding example of what is good in law enforcement. They and the many officers I saw from the USCP were impressive and carried themselves with a professionalism that made me proud to walk among them.  Again, it was our honor. Be well, be safe.”

Pat Sullivan, AFAUSSS member and AFAUSSS DC representative was also in attendance:  “It was my pleasure to help.  It also makes me very proud to be able to be part of the recognition for these brave officers!  The Secret Service still has a magic and allure that is unmatched in the law enforcement world.  Frankly, it didn't matter that Jan and I were retired agents. As representative of AFAUSSS, we were treated as VIPs and all of the recipients of the Harry Neal Award felt honored by our recognition.  It was a very special day!”

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