Susquehanna Regional Police Department Recognizes Officers at Annual Award Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017 the Susquehanna Regional Police Department held their annual awards ceremony during the monthly Police Commission Meeting held at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building. The following officers received awards:

2016 Officer of the Year Award:

Officer Carl Bergmark

Letter of Commendation:

Officer Carl Bergmark – recognized for 5 NARCAN saves from Drug Overdoses

Police Meritorious Commendation Medal:

SRPD Officers: Lt. Stephen Englert, Sgt. Jason Smith, Officer Jeremy Kauffman, Officer Carlos Crispin Rodriquez

West Hempfield PD Officer: Cpl. Douglas Ober

Northwest Reg. Police Officer: Officer Harry Cleland

These Officers responded to a call in East Donegal Township where a suicidal subject barricaded himself inside the residence with firearms. Upon entering the subject’s residence and announcing their presence, the officers discovered a locked bedroom door and during the attempt to gain entry into the bedroom the suspect opened fire on the officers. Officers maintained their positions and attempted to open a dialogue with the subject. During this time Officers heard an additional shot and discovered that the subject self-inflicted a gunshot wound to the chest.

These officers were faced with a potentially life threatening situation and they all displayed a level of courage and teamwork. The actions by these officers during this incident keeps with the highest traditions of police professionalism.

Officer Michael Kimes

Officer Kimes and his partner responded to an attempted suicide call, where an individual shot herself in the forehead. Officer Kimes administered the initial first aid at the scene until EMS arrived. Over the next several months Officer Kimes, on his own time, followed up with person, driving to the hospital in Philadelphia on 3 separate occasions taking part in the individuals recovery process and continued staying in touch with individual during her recuperation at home in York County.

Officer Kimes displayed a dedication to his duty beyond what most officers would do. His display of compassion and concern and dedication in this incident keeps with the highest traditions of police professionalism.

The awards ceremony was followed with a social gathering and refreshments.