Daniel D. Dirscherl, son of Virginia R. Dirscherl of Dunedin, has received one of the highest honors the Air Force bestows _ the Airman's Medal for heroism _ in ceremonies at Tyndall Air Force Base.
Dirscherl, a staff sergeant with the 325th Security Police Squadron, was honored for saving the lives of a subordinate's wife and daughter.
"With complete disregard for his own safety," the citation reads, "Sgt. Dirscherl, despite the fact the deranged subordinate was armed with a knife, placed himself between the attacker and the victims.
"During the ensuing fight for his life, Sgt. Dirscherl received multiple lacerations and severe damage to his lower back vertebrae. However, his courageous act discouraged the attacker from pursuing the intended victims any further.
"The exemplary courage and heroism displayed by Sgt. Dirscherl reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
Dirscherl and his wife, Kim Dielschneider, are natives of Dunedin and graduates of Dunedin High School. He graduated in 1980, she in 1981.
Group members clean up beach
As part of a statewide Adopt-A-Shore program, members of Tampa Bay Greens-Clearwater have been picking up highway and beach litter along the north side of Clearwater's Memorial Causeway quarterly for three years.
Eight to 15 members and friends gather everything from cigarette butts to auto tires along the milelong stretch between the city's drawbridge and Clearwater Beach.
This includes keeping recyclable materials separate so that they can be deposited in one of the city's collection locations.
Lions Club elects slate of officers
Carl H. Bakelman has been elected president of the East Clearwater Lions Club.
Diane Noser is first vice president; Richard Glasgow, second vice president; Evelyn Henry, third vice president; Donna Clark, secretary; Buzz Marone, treasurer and membership chairman; Walter Feuerstein, Lion tamer; Carla Restid, tail twister and program director; Rose Benoit, publicity; and Hugo Prestera, eyesight chairman.
Directors are Fran Bakelman, Dave Moulton, Tom Henry and Ray Brown.
The East Clearwater Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Applebees, 5100 East Bay Drive, Largo. For information, call 535-3222.
Brandeis chapter installs officers
Barbara Kaplan was installed as president of the Suncoast Chapter of Brandeis University National Women's Committee during a luncheon at the Countryside Country Club in Clearwater.
Vice presidents are Mollie Weiner and Francis Mann, membership; Pat Stein, study group; Eunice Green, special events; and Sheila Feldman, ways and means.
Gail Allen is financial secretary; Joy Polster, recording secretary; Dorothy Cohen, corresponding secretary; and Miriam Levite, treasurer.
Directors are Eleanor Adler, Shirley Fischer, Elinor Gordon, Lorraine Leizer, Harriet Scharf, Terri Vogel, Joyce Weissman and Charlotte Zysman.
Italian-American Women install
The Florida Organization of Italian-American Women installed officers in a ceremony at the Hillcrest Villas Club House in Clearwater.
Vincenza DiLiberti was installed as president; Marie Hillman, vice president; Antoinette DiLiberti, secretary; and Marie LoPresti, treasurer.
The organization seeks to "promote women of Italian ancestry through cultural and social events."
For information, call 447-6890.
Ralph and Evelyn Griffin of Clearwater plan to celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Alaska.
The Griffins were married June 18, 1929, in Youngstown, Ohio.
They are Life Members of the Pinellas Geological Society and, for 19 years, have pulled a trailer throughout the United States and Canada collecting minerals, fossils and crystals, which they display for friends.
The Griffins are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he has been a member of the choir for 37 years.
They have two sons, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.