Monday, April 28, 2014

Little League® Recognizes Volunteer, Bernie Kozen, For His Heroic Actions During the 2013 Ross Township, Pa., Shooting

(Left to Right) Patrick Wilson, Little League Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development; Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO; Lynn Kozen; Bernie Kozen; Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman; and Hugh Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman-Elect, after Mr. Kozen accepted his recognition at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn.
South Williamsport, PA – Little League’s motto of Character, Courage and Loyalty reflect the heart of the organization, and can be found in the millions of Little League alumni, players, and volunteers. On August 5, 2013, these three characteristics were put to the test by long-time Little League volunteer, Bernie Kozen, Pennsylvania District 29 Administrator, when he helped subdue the perpetrator during a shooting at the Ross Township Municipal Building. Mr. Kozen’s selfless actions saved many lives, and for that Little League International recognized Mr. Cozen with the Character, Courage and Loyalty Award at the 26th Little League International Congress in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 5.

“Little League volunteers around the world are known for their dedication and loyalty, and Mr. Kozen’s actions on that August day were nothing short of heroic,” said Stephen D. Keener. “We are proud to call him a Little League volunteer, and we cannot thank him enough for his service to the community.”

Mr. Kozen, also the Executive Director of the West End Park and Open Space Commission, was attending a meeting at the Ross Township Municipal Building when shots rang out, claiming the lives of three people. One of those killed was fellow Little League volunteer, David Fleetwood.

“Mr. Kozen showed that the Little League tenants of Character, Courage and Loyalty know no bounds when he put his life on the line, saving many lives during a shooting in Ross Township in August 2013,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in a video message. “While we lost great Pennsylvanians in the tragedy, including Little League’s own, David Fleetwood, Mr. Kozen’s bravery and action, in the face of such adversity, make me proud to congratulate him on receiving Little League’s Character, Courage and Loyalty Award.”

Mr. Kozen first became a Little League volunteer when he signed up to coach his son’s team in 1984 with Pocono Mountain Little League. He continued to volunteer at the local level, and has been the Administrator for Pennsylvania District 29 for the past 18 years.