Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award

January 2014
Frank J. Lucchino
Distinguished Service Award Winner

Dr. Robert Levine
Manager of Firearms, Toolmarks and Trace Section,
Forensic Laboratory Division
Medical Examiner's Office

Distinguished Service for Dr. Levine Jan 30 2014 
  Award Proclamation  
  News Release  

On January 30, 2014, the first re-instituted Frank J. Lucchino Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Robert T. Levine, the manager of the Firearms, Toolmarks and Trace Sections in the Medical Examiner’s Office, Forensic Laboratory Division.

Dr. Levine was nominated by Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams, along with Laboratory Manager Bob Huston and co-workers Bill Set, Ray Everett, Tom Morgan, Jason Very and Debbie Tator. Having earned his BS in Chemistry in 1965, his doctorate in Chemistry in 1970, and his Masters in Forensic Chemistry in 1974 (all from the University of Pittsburgh), Dr. Levine was first introduced to forensics while assistant professor at Westminster College. He started at the Allegheny County Crime Lab under Detective Bill Valenta in 1974, analyzing gunshot residue kids using Atomic Absorption Spectometry. He is considered by many to be a walking, living library of knowledge because of his experience and time spent in this field.

Even in his nearly 40th year with the County, Dr. Levine works seven days a week.  Monday through Friday, he can be found in the office from 4:30 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturdays and Sundays is in from 4:30 AM to 10 AM. He has voluntarily worked countless unpaid holidays and weekends to address backlogs. He volunteers for cases where there is a due date or notice to ensure that those deadlines are met.  His colleagues say that he is the last person to complain and comes in early and stays late as a matter of course.

Dr. Levine celebrated 40 years as a County employee of February 11, 1974. He was presented with a joint County proclamation from the County Executive, Council Member Tom Baker and County Council.  He was also awarded an Allegheny County Family Pool Pass for the 2014 Season and an Allegheny County Courthouse paperweight.  He will also be presented with a plaque with a picture commemorating the presentation, and his name will be displayed on a permanent plaque placed in the County Manager’s office.