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Sept. 1, 2009

Public Safety recognizes employees for actions and service

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety recognized six employees for their actions in life-endangering situations and during the flood of 2008, as well as their long-term work with the department's programs and services.

The employees were honored Tuesday, Aug. 25, at an awards ceremony at the University of Iowa Police Department.

Capt. Loren Noska (far left) received a Life Saving Medal for his response to the Iowa City Plane crash in June 2008. Captain Noska witnessed the plane crash that occurred in an Iowa City neighborhood. Noska was one of the first responders on scene providing immediate aid to the victims of the crash, which included a small child. The quick response by Captain Noska was instrumental in helping to save the lives of the victims.

Officer Christina Rarick (left) received a Life Saving Medal for her response to an unconscious person overcome during a chemical spill. On May 28, 2009, Rarick responded to the Chemistry Building and observed a person lying on the lab floor. Without regard for her personal safety, Rarick held her breath and pulled this individual out of the lab to safety. The chemical was later identified as diethyl ether. The quick action taken by Officer Rarick without regard to her own personal risk was instrumental in this person's survival.

Security Guard Supervisor Ken Friedhoff received an Achievement Award for his work during the floods of 2008. Friedhoff was responsible for the safe guarding of the Museum of Art while the river was cresting, and oversaw the operations of moving artwork to Chicago.

Lt. Peter Berkson received an Achievement Award for his role as a member of the UI Threat Assessment Team. Berkson works with another team member in UI Human Resource Department. Since its inception in December 2008, the unit has managed over 160 cases bringing many to successful resolution. The unit has worked with work place violence issues, suicidal ideations and a multitude of other issues with great success.

Public Safety Dispatcher Laureen Ipsen received an Achievement Award for her continued role and her dedication training new communications personnel while still maintaining her other dispatch responsibilities.
Police Officer Brad Allison received an Achievement Award for his development of the Nite Ride Program. Allison researched several safe ride programs across the nation and developed an operations manual as well as fostering the implementation of the program on campus. Nite Ride has proven to be a valuable asset to assist women in getting home safely during the late night hours. Over 13,000 riders have returned home safely since its inception.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Larry Langley, University of Iowa Police, 319-335-5914. George McCrory, University of Iowa News Services, 319-384-0012,