Town custodian Jamie Pritchard is on duty at the Police Department this week, thanks to a fast-thinking police sergeant who revived him last Monday when he choked on a piece of fruit and almost lost consciousness.
Pritchard, a friendly but humble man who has worked for the town for 11 years, he reconnected with Sgt. James Brady on Wednesday.
Pritchard expressed gratitude for the quick response that enabled him to go home to his wife and two children after a three-hour stay in the emergency room.
“I was scared, I’ll tell you,” said Pritchard, 41. “I’m really glad he was there.”
The ordeal started just after 10 a.m. Pritchard was alone in the downstairs break room eating some mixed fruit when he started to choke.
I love how the reporter chick in the video doesn’t even attempt to run. Of course she looks like she doesn’t have the strength to run….
Additional training is necessary in just about every job, including police work. And that holds true for officers and their four-legged partners.
K-9 training took place at Packard Music Hall in Warren on Friday and officers and their K-9 partners spent the day sharpening their skills. They worked on many different techniques, including apprehension and searches.
Those that took part in the training said it is very beneficial for the newer dogs as well as those that have been working for several years.
Extensive participation in a half marathon and 5K run generated enough money to pay for the city’s new K9 officer.
More than 250 people joined March 19 in the downtown races, which raised $9,350 for Ava, the city’s new drug dog.
“Ava is all taken care of now, and she is ours,” said Riley Johnson, Seneca events coordinator. “We are thankful to everyone that came out and participated and helped with this fundraiser.”
Off-duty Seneca police officers blocked the roads for the March 19 events, allowing runners to participate safely. Lt. Brian Sheriff of the Seneca Police Department and Donnie White of the city public works department supervised and coordinated volunteers. Those volunteers included people from Seneca Baptist Church, the Seneca Woman’s Club, the Historic Ballenger House and American Legion Post No. 120 in Seneca.
The legacy of township police officer David Wilson, who died in 2009 from leukemia, is being carried on by efforts to help another local officer who is battling the disease.
The Wilson 10-33 Memorial Ride and Picnic will take place Sunday to raise money for Somerset County Sheriff’s Officer Al Bauer.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the 43-year-old township resident, whose medical expenses have mounted since he was diagnosed last year with acute myeloid leukemia.
An Army Ranger is ready to hit the streets of Terre Haute, sniffing for bombs and tracking down fugitives.
“Ben will be ready to hit the streets running,” said Sgt. Todd Haller, Terre Haute Police Department, as Patrolman Ryan Adamson kept their new 81-pound partner in check on a leash.
Ben is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois the department just acquired through Vohne Liche Kennels in Miami County. A dual-purpose K-9 officer, he finds explosives in addition to tracking humans.
Ben served two, six-month tours of duty in Afghanistan with a U.S. Army Ranger unit between 2008 and 2009, Adamson explained, adding that Ben racked up several finds amid combat conditions.
Chief John Plasse said the department now has five dogs, but Ben is the only one with bomb-finding capacities.
Nikko, an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer, was getting up in years — so, when her handler got an opportunity for a promotion, he took it.
Three-and-a-half-years later, a new opening came up in the K-9 unit and Deputy Jeff Somers threw in his name.
“I loved doing the job, so I put in for the spot,” he said.
Springfield Township Officer Mark Dodez, 32, had successful surgery at Summa Akron City Hospital and was listed in stable condition as of 8 p.m. Friday.
Dodez, 32, suffered a broken right arm, fractured vertebrae and spinal cord damage in the accident. Officials are not sure if Dodez is paralyzed from the injuries he suffered.
There’s something so very wrong and yet so very funny about the title of this article…
BTW, I always have this question when I hear that someone is “too busy to meet” someone…if you’re sooo busy that you can’t even meet them, how are you going to have time to create a life together?!
Police chiefs in China have set up a matchmaking service for single SWAT-team officers who are too busy to meet partners.
Posters showing photos of the 54 male and female special forces officers sprung up outside a police station in the capital Beijing along with catalogues listing their likes and dislikes.
“About 5,000 people visited the police station when we launched it so it has already been a big success,” said a police spokesman.
“Special officers train all the time and have very dangerous, tough duties which leave them no time to socialise.
“And unlike ordinary police they don’t meet nice, regular people in the line of duty, just very dangerous criminals,” they added.