Law enforcement honored by Perryville Police
— Police Chief Allen Miller handed out several awards at the Tuesday night town meeting.
Of the four citations, two went to his own men.
Chief’s Commendation was awarded to Officer Thomas Pierson.
“While on patrol near Rodgers Tavern, he heard a woman screaming,” Miller said. “He ran to the pier and saw two males on top of a female.”
Although both rape suspects jumped into the river to avoid arrest, they were later captured and have since been convicted in the June 2014 attack.
Officer Richard Hufstuttler received the Life Saving Award for his actions, which brought a man back from the dead in a doctor’s office.
“He was dispatched to the medical center where he observed a male in cardiac arrest,” the chief said.
Using an automatic external defibrillator and CPR, he brought the man’s pulse back. The man whom he saved, Scott Patterson, made sure he was at the ceremony to shake Huffstuttler’s hand and thank him in person.
Officer Dylan Dvorak from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police was also honored for his assistance to the town police force. It was Dvorak who located one of the two rape suspects and made the arrest.
Lastly, the chief thanks the MDTA police, specifically the Hatem Bridge Detachment, for their continual support “and for making Perryville and Cecil County a safe place.”
Mayor Jim Eberhardt echoed that sentiment.
“We are so fortunate in Perryville. Yes, we have our own police department, but we also have MDTA, the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the (Veteran Affairs) police as well,” the mayor said.
Along with the certificates, Pierson and Huffstettler were also given ribbons to add to their uniforms.
Officer Richard Huffstettler, right, listens as Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller reads a citation to award the officer the Life Saving Award. Huffstetler was the first to respond to a report of a cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.
Scott Patterson, left, and Perryville Mayor Jim Eberhardt listen as Police Chief Allen Miller, right, reads a citation to be awarded to Officer Richard Huffstettler.