SANATOGA PA – Police officers “are out protecting and serving every day,” Lower Pottsgrove Police Lt. Michael Foltz explained Tuesday (Jan. 3, 2012) to those packed into the conference room of the township municipal building on Buchert Road, but it’s not often they get to save a life, he said.
One who did was honored by his commanding officers, his peers, and the Board of Commissioners during its first official meeting of the new year.
Foltz presented a life-saving award to Ofc. Ryan Smith, who late last year (Nov. 11, 2011) was credited by emergency medical technicians with saving the life of a Randy Drive, Pottstown PA, resident who suffered a heart attack. Smith had been called to the house regarding a medical emergency. When he arrived he found the male victim not breathing, and with a weak pulse. The patrolman performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived.
The man recovered fully, Foltz said proudly, noting that Smith’s instincts and training characterized his professionalism.
Ofc. Ryan Smith, center, is flanked by Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Shade, left, and Lt. Michael Foltz
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Jan. 3 meeting):