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Clairton officer shot in line of duty to speak at University

Posted by Ashley Wise on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 16:10 PM

James KuzakClairton police officer Jim Kuzak, who was shot and critically wounded while on duty, will share his personal story Monday, Nov. 12, at noon in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Kuzak was shot multiple times responding to an April 2011 home invasion call in Clairton. The shooting severely injured his lung and spine, and it left him confined to a wheelchair. Kuzak has undergone multiple surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, and he is determined to walk again.

“Officer Kuzak is a shining example of honor and commitment that we hope our graduates will emulate,” said Daniel Czajkowski, a junior criminal justice administration major and president of the Criminal Justice Club. “We are thankful to Officer Kuzak for his willingness to visit Waynesburg University and express our gratitude for his service to our local community.”

For his actions, Kuzak was named the July 2012 Officer of the Month by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and ASIS International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Heroism Above & Beyond, and he received a Pennsylvania Tactical Officer award.

Kuzak’s presentation is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club, a social and occupational organization for students interested in criminal justice administration, forensic accounting, forensic science and computer forensics. The student organization hosts guest speakers, sponsors trips and schedules events relating to current issues in criminal justice.

For more information, contact Czajkowski at

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