| 11 December 2001
For Immediate Release
Cheak Named Officer of the Year at Johns Hopkins APL
Other Top-Rated Security Officers Honored
For the second year in a row Jim Cheak has been named Security Officer of the Year at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. He received the highest rating among 51 officers on the Lab's security force.
"I'm shocked, flabbergasted and very pleased," says Cheak, who lives in Laurel. "I never expected to make it two years in a row. It's a wonderful honor." And to make it even better, Cheak says, "I really like my job."
Speaking at the awards ceremony, APL Security Force Chief Jim Whalen said the Laboratory consistently reports the lowest crime statistics of any Johns Hopkins University division. "They usually call back to see if we've made a typo in our report."
Also honored were Top Rated Shift Officers Bob Pudelka and Jim Hooper, both of Laurel, and Ro-Burma Ware, of Elkridge, Md.
"These are the best of the best," said Pete Newman, branch supervisor for the Security Services Group at APL. "Recent events have given everyone a renewed appreciation of their fine work. The staff feels better about their security, and visitors often compliment their professional approach to the job."
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a not-for-profit laboratory and division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance.