Law enforcement grad honored for public service

Anthony Cretella is a YSU Alumni Success Story, as he was honored for his public service accomplishments.

Anthony Cretella, left, accepts the Public Service Leadership Award from Bob McNamara, director of the Case-Hartmann Foundation.

Anthony Cretella, ’04

YSU grad Anthony Cretella of Goose Creek, S.C., ‘04 BS in criminal justice, is a senior police officer in the Charleston Police Department who was honored with the Case-Hartmann Foundation Public Servant Leadership Award for 2012.

Cretella served on the YSU Police Department for a year after earning his degree, then joined the Charleston PD as a patrol officer in 2005. He has been assigned to the department’s office of Professional Development and Training since 2010, is a certified taser instructor and a recipient of the EMS Life Saving Award.

Cretella also participates in the city’s Lunch Buddy Program, which involves forming caring relationships with children in the community, and the Healthy Play Program, which offers outdoor activities for at-risk youth.

(Previously published in YSU Magazine, Summer 2012.)