Manchester Officer Honored With Chief’s Award

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MANCHESTER – As the year comes to a close, The Manchester Township Police Department would like to highlight some of the outstanding work of their officers.

Ptl. Kyle Rickvalsky, a four year veteran of the department, was recently awarded the Chief’s Award for demonstrating a standard, both on and off duty, which is representative of the core values of our agency.

Chief Lisa Parker wants all officers to leave people better off because they were there. Ptl. Rickvalsky has exemplified this from the beginning of his career in many ways, and is being recognized for developing, organizing and overseeing several off-duty charity events. He was not assigned these tasks or duties, nor was he asked to host any charity events. Ptl. Rickvalsky has shown an intrinsic commitment to volunteering his time for the benefit of others.

In November of 2015, Ptl. Rickvalsky organized a state wide first responder flag football tournament that was held at the Manchester Township High School. Law Enforcement Officers and Fireman participated in the event which raised $1,782.37 to cover the sponsorship fee for Tracy Thompson to ride in the Police Unity Tour honoring her late husband, Cpl. Scott Thompson.

In August of 2016, Ptl. Rickvalsky organized a second First Responder Flag Football Tournament. This benefit raised $1,551.55 which was donated to the Children’s Specialized Hospital of Toms River.

In September of this year, Ptl. Rickvalsky organized a third Football Tournament which raised $3,000. The money was again donated to the Children’s Specialized Hospital of Toms River where it covered the cost of the hospital’s Thanksgiving dinner for the children and their families, among other costs.

Between 2015 and this year, Patrolman Rickvalsky has also organized our departments participation in the New York Giants “Snowbowl”, a flag football tournament which all benefits raised support Special Olympics.