Law en­force­ment hon­ored by Per­ryville Police

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

PER­RYVILLE

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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