SSgt Brian Siegman - Guest Speaker
Brian Siegman served nine years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps between 1999 and 2010, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company and completed two tours of duty in Iraq. Brian left the Marine Corps in 2010 and served as a police officer for three and a half years. For Brian the battle continues as he courageously deals with the invisible wound of war, PTSD. We are honored to welcome Brian as this year's Guest Speaker.
Ukee Washington - Emcee
Ukee Washington is co-anchor with Jessica Dean of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. He and Dean also co-anchor Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW Philly 57. Washington also hosts CBS 3’s popular Brotherly Love segment profiling people who have had a positive impact in their communities.
Washington (born Ulysses Samuel Washington III) joined the Channel 3 news team as a sports anchor in July 1986. In 1996, Washington moved over to the news desk as early morning and noon anchor. In July, 2015 he was promoted to anchor of the evening editions of Eyewitness News.
Since that time, Washington has been front and center anchoring some of the region’s most memorable stories including Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and the Phillies World Series Celebration Parade in 2008. In addition, the versatile anchor’s assignments have run the gamut from hosting the 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Forum to going behind bars to interview a high school classmate on death row. Washington even guest co-hosted on daytime’s popular network talk show, CBS’s THE TALK in 2013 and 2014.
Washington was raised in West Philadelphia and attended Dover High School in Delaware where he was a celebrated athlete. As a youngster, his other love was music. As a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir’s “elite,” he traveled to Russia, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Denmark and Mexico to perform. Both experiences proved helpful in his broadcasting career as host of the station’s live telecasts of the Philadelphia Orchestra and his live coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games from Nagano, Japan. Prior to coming home to the Philadelphia area, Washington was a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Washington is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Today, he makes his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Among his honors, he has been named to both the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2015) and the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame (2008).
Officer Jesse James Hartnett - Honoring a Hero
Operation First Response invites everyone to come out to show their support as Delaware County Council presents Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett, a Delco native, with an award for bravery above and beyond.
Officer Jesse James Hartnett, age 33, is a four-year veteran with the Philadelphia Police Department. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in 2001. Hartnett previously served with the United States Coast Guard, joining right after the September 11 attacks occurred and serving on active duty throughout August 2008. He then served with the Coast Guard Reserve from 2009 to November 2015. In September 2010, he became an officer for the East Lansdowne police force and worked there until July 2011, which was when he transferred to the Philadelphia Police Department.
On January 7, 2016, in West Philadelphia, in the late evening, a gunman shot Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett, who was driving a marked police car. Hartnett survived, despite being shot multiple times in the left arm. He was able to get out of his car to shoot the fleeing suspect, The shooter Edward Archer claimed that he pledged allegiance to ISIS.