Area Police and EMS Presented With Lifesaving Awards

Several New Hanover Township Police officers and area EMS personnel were recognized last night at the New Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting for two separate incidents.

Officer Dennis Psota and Officer Michael Salvo from this department, Chief Garry Schmoltze, Kim Gennaria, and Chad Quinter from Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance, as well as Jamie Haines and Tom Snyder from Goodwill Ambulance, received lifesaving awards for their efforts that helped to save the life of an infant.

During that incident, at approximately noon on May 14, 2016 police and EMS were dispatched to the 100 block of Raven Court in New Hanover for a report of a three-week-old male infant who was not breathing and turning blue. Upon the arrival of Officers Psota and Salvo, the infant’s father was located in an upstairs bedroom giving chest compressions to the infant. Officer Psota took over chest compressions, and upon arrival of the ambulance crews, EMT personnel took over and transported the infant to the hospital. It is because of the swift actions of these first responders that this infant is alive today.

In addition, Officer Bradley Shup, Officer Keith Youse, and Detective Dekkar Dyas from this department, as well as Chief Garry Schmoltze, Kim Gennaria, and Barbara Pisch from Gilbertsville Area Community Ambulance received lifesaving awards for their efforts that helped save the life of an adult using Narcan.

During that incident, at approximately 1:39 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016, police and EMS were dispatched to Harvest Lane in New Hanover for a report of an unresponsive female who had possibly overdosed on narcotics. Officers Youse and Shup arrived on scene and upon checking her vital signs, quickly administered Narcan (naloxone) to the female subject which caused her to become more responsive. EMS personnel from Gilbertsville Ambulance arrived shortly thereafter and administered additional doses of Narcan which caused her to fully regain consciousness. She was subsequently transported to the hospital and has since made a full recovery. Had it not been for the quick actions of these first responders, this female may not be alive today.

Congratulations everybody!