Lifesaving Awards Presented By Mishawaka Police
Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood and Mishawaka Police Chief Ken Witkowski have recognized several Mishawaka Police Officers for their roles in outstanding lifesaving efforts for 2016. Officers receiving the awards were Ryan Kuzmicz, Dave Ruiz, Kyle Miner, Rich Freeman, Glen Roach, Andrew Sark, Chad Winger, Ron Treely and Mark Flemming.
Pfc. Ryan Kuzmicz, Pfc. Dave Ruiz
On March 15, 2016 Pfc. Ryan Kuzmicz and Pfc. Dave Ruiz were dispatched to a West Grove residence regarding a medical issue. Finding the victim unresponsive, they initiated CPR until paramedics arrived and re-established a pulse via a defibrillator. Had it not been for the actions taken by officers Kuzmicz and Ruiz, the victim would have had little chance to survive the cardiac event.
Pfc. Kyle Miner
On May 13, 2016 Pfc. Kyle Miner was dispatched to Union Street in reference to a 5-month old child choking. Prior to the arrival of the paramedics, Officer Miner was able to free the object lodged in the child's airway.
Sgt. Rich Freeman, Pfc. Glenn Roach, Ptl. Andrew Sark, Ptl. Chad Winger
On July 23, 2016 Sgt. Rich Freeman, Pfc. Glenn Roach, Ptl. Andrew Sark and Ptl. Chad Winger were dispatched to a location on Northwood Drive in regards to a 911 call requesting assistance. Upon arrival, officers found a completely dark house with noone answering the door. While checking exterior doors and windows, Ptl. Sark and Sgt. Freeman believed they located a possible victim in the bedroom. Upon gaining entry, they found an elderly individual unresponsive, initiated CPR and re-established a pulse.
Sgt. Mark Flemming, Lt. Ron Treely
On September 3, 2016 Sgt. Mark Flemming and Lt. Ron Treely were providing part-time security for an event at Riverside Terrace when they were called to the kitchen for an individual who had fallen. Finding the person in cardiac arrest, Lt. Treely began CPR while Sgt. Flemming retrieved an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and medical bag from his car. Through the use of the AED, the officers were able to restore a pulse prior to the arrival of the paramedics.
Ptl. Andrew Sark
On December 3, 2016 Ptl. Sark was dispatched to a traffic accident on Fifth Street. Assessing the scene and noticing that the driver was unresponsive, Officer Sark removed him from the vehicle and began CPR. Determining that the driver had overdosed on heroin, paramedics administered Narcan and transported the driver to the hospital.