PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - Nov 17, 2011) - Security officers from AlliedBarton Security Services,, received 17 awards, including seven honors for acts of valor, at ASIS International Greater Philadelphia Chapter's 2011 Private Security Appreciation Night on Wednesday, November 16, at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, 415 W. Willow Grove Ave.

Overall, 17 of the 25 security officers honored at the dinner and awards ceremony were from AlliedBarton and assigned to locations in Philadelphia and its suburbs.

"AlliedBarton is appreciative to ASIS International's Greater Philadelphia Chapter for recognizing our security officers for their outstanding performance, dedication and commitment to safety," said Jim Gorman, Vice President and General Manager of AlliedBarton's Philadelphia Region. "The recognition by ASIS reflects the appreciation of thousands of Philadelphians each day for the efforts of security officers who strive to provide safe and secure workplaces and communities."

AlliedBarton security officers receiving Awards for Valor were: Mahmoud Jaaa, who apprehended a knife-wielding attacker at the Mellon Independence Center's retail concourse level, 7th and Market Sts.; Corey Schettino, who saved several University of Pennsylvania students from being hit by a careening automobile on the sidewalk at 38th and Walnut Sts.; and Joseph Smith, who assisted in reviving an employee of Teva Pharmaceuticals in Malvern, PA, who had suffered a heart attack. Additional AlliedBarton officers receiving Valor Awards: Thomas Sesko, who helped save the life of a employee who went into cardiac arrest at Merck in West Point, PA; Gabriel Pomerantz and Eric Powell, who dissuaded a man from committing suicide at a parking garage at the University of Pennsylvania; and Jose Santiago, a certified EMT, revived a man who had taken a drug overdose at the Exton Square Mall in Exton, PA.

AlliedBarton security officers receiving Outstanding Performance Awards: Jennifer McGrath, assigned to the Plymouth Meeting Mall; David Keys, Drexel University; Joseph Fusco, Luther Babb, Lavon Stone and Edward Bowen, University of Pennsylvania; Alpha Diallo, 1515 Market St.; Greg Brewster, Drexel University; and Phil Trimmer and Tony Nixon, 1818 Market St.

AlliedBarton Security Services is the industry's premier provider of highly trained, responsive security personnel. Client-focused security officers and managers located across the country are supported by national resources developed from over 50 years of security experience. More than 50,000 employees and 100 offices provide security for several thousand clients in many industries, including approximately 200 Fortune 500 companies. As the most honored security officer services company, AlliedBarton leads the industry in award-winning programs. AlliedBarton has been recognized by Training magazine, ASTD, Corporate University Xchange, Leadership Excellence and the American Business Awards, among others. For more information call 1.866.825.5433 or visit


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