Lo­cal state troop­ers earn ser­vice hon­ors

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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