MANCHESTER – Patrol Officers Anthony Iliadis and Arthur Cronk from the Manchester Township Police Department were recently recognized as the August 2021 Officers of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (NLEMM).
They were chosen as Officers of the Month after they worked together to safely and successfully disarm a woman wielding a knife.
At the scene, Iliadis engaged the woman in conversation and asked her repeatedly to drop the knife. While talking, Cronk approached her from behind and successfully grabbed the knife from her hand without any injuries.
According to police, the woman was in the process of walking to confront a nearby family member when she stabbed the hood of a random motorist’s car.
As a result, the 74-year-old woman was charged with possession of a weapon, as well as possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and criminal mischief. She was then sent to a local medical center for an evaluation.
“We are delighted to present these officers with this award for their bravery and quick thinking,” Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said. “We are grateful for their service and for the opportunity to, once again, highlight the wonderful stories of our law enforcement community.”
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.