PINKERTON SECURITY OFFICERS SAVE LIVES IN RAGING FIRE AND NATURAL DISASTER
ENCINO, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Pinkerton officers have been recognized to receive the most prestigious awards given annually by Pinkerton Security & Investigation Services (Nasdaq: PKTN), the world's best-known provider of uniformed security services Security services are state institutions for the provision of intelligence, primarily of a strategic nature, but also including protective security intelligence. Examples include the Security Service (MI5) and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) in the United Kingdom, and the . At the company's worldwide management meeting, to be held at Universal City, Calif., Jan. 14 at 6 p.m., the company's chief executive officer will present the National Security Officer of the Year for Heroism and Top Performance awards to officer Ricky Knight of Bakersfield, Calif., and Sgt. Randall A. Freshour of Columbus, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. .
On Dec. 16, 1994, security officer Ricky Knight saved more than 90 residents from fire at the apartment complex he was patrolling in Bakersfield. "Officer Knight's quick response and handling of this life-threatening incident saved lives and the entire complex from loss and destruction," commented Sareen Carrasco, Creekside Apartments client representative. Knight also apprehended the alleged arsonist and turned over custody to the Bakersfield police department. He will be awarded Pinkerton's coveted heroism award.
Sgt. Randall Freshour, of Columbus, will receive the company's Top Performance award for outstanding service in June 1994. A series of natural disasters, including a tornado, thunderstorms and intense rain, didn't prevent Sgt. Freshour from saving the life of a client's employee. "Sgt. Freshour's unselfish and brave acts may very well have saved the (man's) life and certainly prevented major injuries," said Captain Jon P. Stephens of Chemical Abstracts Service of Columbus.
"In a time when only reports of misconduct by security officers seem newsworthy, I'm terribly proud to announce two such fine examples of professionalism and heroism," said Thomas W. Wathen, Pinkerton's chairman of the board. "It has been a continuing source of frustration for the security industry that contributions like these go unrecognized by the public. There are hundreds of thousands of security officers like Ricky Knight and Sgt. Freshour, keeping a watchful eye out for the good of the public."
Denis Denis, king of Portugal: see Diniz. Brown, Pinkerton president and chief executive officer, pointed out that private security officers now outnumber police officers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . "Over 1.1 million Americans now serve as private security officers, nearly double the number of public law enforcement. These awards recognize in two fine examples that the overwhelming majority of these people do an honorable and reliable job." Brown went on to point out that Pinkerton's rigorous standards of screening and selecting security officers using proprietary systems of integrity testing Integrity Testing, is a name given to the Non destructive testing of piled foundations. It was used or started back in the late 1960's and has developed over the years by many companies In Europe CEBTP in Asia and Australia by Integrity Testing, and USA by GRL. (Stanton), structured interviewing (IntelliView) and background investigation helped. "We also use our proprietary Pinkerton Automated Resources System (P.A.R.S.) to manage and direct the officers' schedules and activities," he stated.
Pinkerton Security & Investigation Services is the name under which Pinkerton's Inc. does business. It was founded by the original "Private Eye," Allan Pinkerton Allan Pinkerton (August 25 1819 – July 1 1884) was a U.S. detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton Agency, the first detective agency of the United States. in 1850, and is one of the largest and, by far, the best-known supplier of contract security services. Today, the company provides a full range of security officer, investigation and security-related consulting services. It also provides state-of-the-art pre-employment selection services through Pinkerton Services Group. Pinkerton has more than 200 offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, and employs more than 47,000 field personnel. In the United States, almost every "Fortune 500" company buys one or more of Pinkerton's vast array of services, as do numerous companies, both large and small, around the world.
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