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Local American Legion Post salutes local heroes

January 11, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield American Legion Post 177 started off the new year by instituting a new program. Each year the Post plans to honor local firemen and policeman for their efforts in keeping the community safe.

At the Jan. 2 meeting, proclamations were handed out to Deputy Carmen Costantino, Canfield Detective Brian McGivern, and EMT/Firefighter Ron Hinderliter. Each of the three had a speific incident that was noted during the presentation.

"This is the first time we have ever done this," Kubitza said. "We are hoping to make it an annual program."

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American Legion Post 177 Commander Mike Kubitza presents Mahoning County Deputy Carmen Costantino with a proclamation honoring his efforts in keeping the community safe.

Deputy Costantino is on a regular patrol on day turn in Canfield Township. He was said to be very pro-active and is a seasoned veteran. Recently he was involved in a life-saving action with other first responders involve in an overdose situation. His actions contributed in a positive outcome for the situation.

Detective McGivern was noted for his efforts in breaking up a forgery group that was forging signatures of famous athletes and others, then were selling signed memorabilia on Ebay for a profit. The investigation began in 2013 and ended in 2017 with the prosecution of 10 defendants. McGivern had coordinated his efforts with other local law enforcement agencies and the FBI in what was identified as among the largest, if not the largest, fraud amount affecting Ebay.

"Detective McGivern's investigation was recently featured in the November edition of Sports Illustrated," Kubitza said.

A third award went to Firefighter Ron Hinderliter for his efforts during an emergency medical call. Kubitza said Hinderliter, a 16-year-veteran fireman, assisted with an autistic child after his mother was taken to the hospital. He was able to keep the youth comforted during the situation.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Hinderliter can't be with us tonight because he was on the crews that fought a huge house fire in township this morning," Kubitza said. "After fighting the fire in the freezing cold, he was worn out and was resting."

He said the recognition will be delivered to him at an appropriate time.



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