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Peter Donat and Rudolph Laws Named 2018 Bucks County Corrections Officers of the Year

May 10, 2018

During a sun-splashed picnic ceremony on the grounds of the Bucks County Community Corrections Center Wednesday, May 9, Officers Peter Donat and Rudolph Laws were celebrated by Commissioners Chairman Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW. As their colleagues enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and barbecue chicken as part of the annual Corrections Week appreciation event, Officer Donat basked in the spotlight of recognition.

Community Corrections Officer of the Year Presents his Plaque and Certificate with the Commissioners, Executive Director of Corrections and Director of Community Corrections“Yours is a distinguished and well-deserved honor bestowed by your administrators and colleagues, one you have merited through your outstanding leadership skills, determination, strength and positive work ethic over nearly 14 years of commitment to the public safety of our county,” Chairman Loughery said as part of Officer Donat’s Commendation as “Community Corrections Officer of the Year.”

Officer Donat joined the Department of Corrections staff on June 1, 2004. He currently works the night shift, transporting offenders and processing them in and out of the Community Corrections Center. Earlier this year, on January 25, 2018, a fellow officer suffered a medical emergency. His quick thinking and decisive response actions led to CPR and the use of an AED machine, which ultimately resulted in saving a colleague’s life.

Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Officer Donat served the United States in the Marine Corps from 2000-2004. As a Rifleman and Company Police Sergeant for Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, he achieved the rank of Lance Corporal.

Officer Laws, who was unable to attend the ceremony, also joined the Department of Corrections in 2004. He was named Bucks County Correctional Facility (BCCF) Officer of the Year. Chairman Loughery praised him “as a well-respected, skilled corrections’ professional who is currently assigned to roving patrol, or the last line of defense in the event of an escape attempt.”

Before joining the Corrections staff, Officer Laws was a member of the United States Army and the PA National Guard. He served multiple tours of duty over 33 years, including a tour during Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2007.

The awards ceremony also included a special recognition of Officer Allen Fluck, who also was the 2010 Community Corrections Officer of the Year. In 10 years on the job, Officer Fluck has never used a sick day and has never been late for the start of a shift. He was honored by Community Corrections Superintendent Kevin Rousset. Also participating in the ceremony was County Director of Corrections Chris Pirolli.