National Police Week has special significance in Media Borough with presentation of the Tom Flynn Memorial Award. This year’s honor went to Officer Dan Divito.
Media Mayor Bob McMahon and Police Chief Marty Wusinich were joined by Joyce Flynn Maguire and Bob Valenti, who represented the Nativity BVM Knights of Columbus.
“In 1995, Tom Flynn approached us and asked what his organization could do to show support for the police,” said Wusinich. “This is the 20th year the Knights of Columbus has been giving the Officer of the Year Award which was renamed for Tom after his passing.”
“My dad believed in serving those who serve us,” said Flynn Maguire, speaking for her family. “We cannot thank the police enough for what they do. Thank you for being our guardians.”
Divito was accompanied by his family and friends. The selection is made by the officer’s peers, many of which attended Council’s last meeting. Divito has been an officer for six years, five with Media. He expressed gratitude to colleagues, noting how much he has learned and benefited from their mentorship.
Divito hails from his own long blue line. His grandfather, Pete Maginnis, was a Swarthmore policeman for 40 years, and other members of his family also served in law enforcement.
“It was when Dan mentioned his grandfather that I started to tear up,” said Divito’s mom, Jeannie, one of many from the Folsom family attending.
Pictures, congratulations and celebrating followed.