At its meeting Monday night, the Ross Township Board of Commissioners and the Ross Police Department recognized three of its officers.
Certificate of Commendation
On Sept 22, Ross Township Patrolmen Ryan Donovan and Balazs Devenyi investigated a hit and run crash on McKnight Road. The victim had followed the suspect's car to a nearby apartment complex.
The suspects actions and conduct immediately raised the suspicions of the two officers. During the course of the encounter, the suspect defied the officers' verbal directions and began to physically resist.
While attempting to restrain the driver, they found that he was attempting to draw a concealed handgun. The officers were able to physically control the driver, secure the firearm and safely make the arrest.
The encounter took place in very close proximity to the hit and run victim, as well as unsuspecting nearby residents.
"The officers’ diligence, quick reactions, and perseverance enabled them to prevent a deadly encounter. Their actions were in keeping with the highest standards of law enforcement, as well as those of the Ross Township Police Department," said the commendation.
Life Saving Award
On Sept 19, Ross Township Patrolman Gregory Garcia monitored another police unit being dispatched to assist EMS with a reported 65-year-old man who was not breathing.
Garcia determined that he was closer to the call than the assigned unit and responded.
When he arrived, he found the victim to be unresponsive and in full cardiac arrest.
Garcia immediately updated incoming units, began CPR and utilized his Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
"Garcia’s actions resulted in the victim surviving the attack. His quick response, decisive action and application of training brought a positive outcome to an otherwise tragic event," said the award.