Presents Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
On behalf of Governor Tom Corbett, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and
Delinquency (PCCD) presented the Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
last week to three individuals in recognition of their work to enhance the
lives of crime victims.
“As suggested by their name, the
Pathfinder Awards recognize pioneering efforts to assist victims of crime,”
said PCCD Chairman Mark Zimmer. “It is important for us to honor those who have
made notable contributions in the communities they serve, as well as the entire
field of victim services.”
The Pathfinder Survivor Activist
Award was presented to Susan Curley Grady of Plains. Ms. Curley Grady became a
homicide survivor when her brother, Robert Curley, was murdered by thallium
poisoning in 1991. As a result, Ms. Curley Grady has fought to change laws to
improve victims’ rights, has become an activist in the victim service field for
homicide victims, and has raised awareness regarding victim issues.
The Pathfinder Allied Professional
Award was presented to Darlene Rowe of Lewisburg, a sexual assault nurse
examiner (SANE) at the Evangelical Community Hospital. In 1994, Ms. Rowe
spearheaded the movement at the hospital to create the formation of the first
SANE program in the Commonwealth, which provides specialized care to victims
who have suffered an extremely personal and intrusive sexual assault. Ms.
Rowe’s energy and commitment to these victims has greatly improved their
medical and psychological care, resulting in less emotional trauma and
increased reporting of these crimes.
The Pathfinder Individual Direct
Services Award was presented to Brooke Hedderick of Malvern. Ms. Hedderick has
been employed at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. for the last
16 years and currently serves as the managing supervisor. As the go-to person
at the agency, Ms. Hedderick goes above and beyond to ensure that victims’
rights and needs are met.
The awards were presented on June 5
during PCCD’s 13th Pathways for Victim Services Conference at the
Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Centre County.
PCCD is the Commonwealth’s lead
agency for criminal justice policy issues. PCCD also provides essential support
services to law enforcement agencies and offers financial assistance to victims
contact: Luanne Melia, 717-265-8497