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Knoblauch’s volunteerism honored with Herk

The Whitehall Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association honored Leo Knoblauch March 19 as the organization’s volunteer of the year for 2013.

The alumni association presented Knoblauch with its Herk Award, named in memory of James A. “Herk” Soteriades, a former Whitehall councilman and inspector for the Whitehall Division of Fire who died in 2000.

Soteriades was a member of the first graduating class of the citizens police academy.

The award is bestowed upon alumni association members in recognition of volunteerism and dedication to the association.

Knoblauch, 54, a current member of the Whitehall school board and former councilman, graduated from the department’s academy six years ago. The academy is offered at least once a year.

“I enjoy helping people,” said Knoblauch, whose volunteerism extends to the Whitehall Community Celebration Association and other community organizations.

As a member of the alumni association, Knoblauch assists with fundraisers and with crowd control at public events, and also performs maintenance at the police station.

“(The alumni) do a lot of minor things to help the police officers so they can be more focused on the most important things,” Knoblauch said.