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Police Officer Suffers Concussion In Fall

SANATOGA PA – A Lower Pottsgrove police officer “sustain(ed) a concussion” when he slipped and fell in snow and ice during late January’s record-breaking winter storm Jonas, and is now off-duty while he awaits “further evaluation” after the injury, township Police Chief Michael Foltz reported Monday (Feb. 1) to the Board of Commissioners.

The officer was not named, and details on the circumstances surrounding the mishap were not publicly offered. However Foltz, in his monthly comments on department activity for January, indicated the officer may be absent for some time. Future police overtime expenses, which amounted to more than $4,200 last month, might be affected as a result, he noted.

Of the January overtime costs, about 26 percent was paid for shift coverage. That’s due in part to other job-related injuries among officers that occurred last year, according to Foltz. Two members of his staff remain on “modified duty” as they continue to recuperate, he told commissioners at their meeting.

Other overtime costs were attributed to investigations, $1,062; New Year’s holiday coverage, $954; and officers’ attendance at court hearings, $764.

Investigation-related overtime was primarily due to “a whole month’s work” on a case of alleged institutional sexual assault that began Jan. 7 and remains open, Foltz said. Both he and department detectives are involved in it, the chief added.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Feb. 1 meeting):

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