Local state troopers earn service honors
LANCASTER >> During an annual “Troop Drill” on Sept. 28, state police Maj. Dante Orlandi and Capt. Maurice Tomlinson presented multiple troopers with service awards, DUI enforcement awards, and Letters of Commendation.
A Troop J Letter of Commendation was presented to Trooper Patrick Kilgarif of the Avondale barracks for saving the life of a crash victim. On April 24, Kilgarif responded to a serious crash involving a motorcycle on Route 841 and Laramee Road in West Marlborough. The investigation revealed that the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the motorcycle at a sharp turn in the road. The operator sustained major injuries including an amputated leg, which led to a large amount of blood loss and serious internal injuries.
Kilgarif was able to render immediate medical aid to the operator, utilizing a tourniquet on the leg to stop the bleeding. Kilgarif also applied a compression bandage until emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. Kilgarif not only saved a life but showed true honor, integrity and service to the people of Pennsylvania.
Other Troop J Letters of Commendation were presented to Trooper Stefano Gallina, of Troop J, Avondale, and Trooper Stefanie Schiavoni, of Troop J, Lancaster, for demonstrating commitment and dedication to enforcing driving under the influence and vehicle code violations. Gallina made 58 driving under the influence arrests in 2015. Schiavoni demonstrated her commitment to DUI enforcement with 57 arrests. The actions from these troopers had a direct impact on reducing crashes, fatalities and injuries in Chester and Lancaster counties.
Orlandi and Tomlinson also recognized Master Trooper Patrick Fetterman, Troop J, Lancaster, for serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 25 years. Fetterman is currently a motor carrier enforcement officer in Troop J, Lancaster.
Orlandi and Tomlinson also recognized civilian mechanic Harry Sohn for serving the commonwealth for the past 20 years.
Pictured from left, bottom row: Maj. Dante Orlandi, Trooper Stefano Gallina, Master Trooper Patrick Fetterman, Trooper Stefanie Schiavoni and Capt. Maurice Tomlinson. Second row, from left: Trooper Patrick Kilgarif and Harry Sohn. Third row, from left: Lt. Michael Witmer, Lt. William Donahue, Lt. James Fisher and Lt. Richard D’Ambrosio.