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MAHONING COUNTY Policemen will honor good work



Published: Sun, May 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The awards will be given during a luncheon Wednesday at Alberini's Restaurant.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

Police officers from Boardman and Beaver townships attribute their awards for valor to the teamwork of many other officers who responded to a Feb. 12, 2001, standoff.

Sgt. Michael Hughes of Boardman and Patrol Officer Daniel J. Lewis of Beaver, who are being honored by the Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association for their performance during the standoff, said all the officers involved deserve an award.

"There were 56 other officers there, and it was a complete team effort," Lewis said.

Bruce Simeone, Niles police chief and president of the association, said Hughes and Lewis demonstrated courageous and effective leadership throughout the ordeal.

What happened

Floyd Mioni, 43, dressed in camouflage and using a rifle or shotgun, fired 13 to 16 shots at a cable company building just south of Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township about 9:30 p.m., touching off a three-hour confrontation with police.

When Mioni noticed a Beaver Township cruiser, he fired at the officer, reports show.

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Canfield, a Mahoning County sheriff's corporal and officers from Boardman, Canfield, Poland, Springfield and New Middletown joined Beaver Township police in setting up a perimeter in the Woodworth-Maplecroft Road-Luther Road area.

A Springfield officer was wounded.

Mioni was eventually shot in the jaw, back and stomach and later died.

Hughes and Lewis were put in charge of their departments that evening because their supervisors were off, said Tim Gladis, Trumbull County 911 director and an official with the police chiefs association.

Gladis noted that Hughes and Lewis' "leadership under fire" was instrumental in the safe outcome.

Who will be honored

Hughes and Lewis and three other officers, Lt. Robert Rupp of Boardman, Patrol Officer James A. Schmidt of Canfield and Patrol Officer Clinton Z. Burchfield of Boardman, will receive their awards Wednesday during the association's luncheon in Alberini's Restaurant in Niles.

Rupp's award is for his years of service in police work. He began his career in 1969 and retired October 2001. He earned a reputation for dedication to duty, investigative expertise and compassion, officials with the association said.

Schmidt and Burchfield will receive awards for their community policing work.

Schmidt has conducted women's self-defense courses, child safety-seat inspections, firearms safety programs and bike safety programs.

Burchfield has taught self-developed courses in seat belt and child safety seat usage, child abuse prevention, baby-sitting skills, and drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs.

"It turned out that no one from Trumbull County won this year, but it wasn't meant to be a slight in anyway," Simeone said. "There are chiefs from both counties in the association and we all voted."

Gladis noted the award for investigative excellence was to go to Trumbull County officers, but the investigation the award was to be based on was not completed in time.

No award was given in that category this year, Gladis said.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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