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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. 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.

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 Brown, Pinkerton president and chief executive officer, pointed out that private security officers now outnumber police officers in the United States. "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 (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 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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/CONTACT: Elisabeth Handler of Golin Harris Communications, 213-623-4200; or Peter C. Sawyers of Pinkerton Security & Investigation Services, 818-380-8762/


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