‘I’M VERY HUM­BLED’

Ethan Healey, who serves as the project man­ager for the Narcan pro­gram, re­ceives the first Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials Pres­i­dent’s Award for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice

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In a sur­prise award, an EMT was awarded for his work to­ward the Narcan project in Ch­ester County.

Ethan Healey re­ceived the first Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials (CCATO) Pres­i­dent’s Award for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice on Thurs­day dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fall con­fer­ence at the Men­den­hall Inn in Ken­nett Town­ship. CCATO pres­i­dent Ernie Holling ex­plained that the award goes to an in­di­vid­ual or an or­ga­ni­za­tion that per­forms an out­stand­ing ser­vice for the res­i­dents of Ch­ester County.

“His hard work and com­mit­ment makes him a very wor­thy re­cip­i­ent of this first CCATO Pres­i­dent’s Award,” Holling said.

Healey, 20, of West Ch­ester, is the project man­ager for the Narcan pro­gram and Law En­force­ment Li­ai­son at Good Fel­low­ship Am­bu­lance and EMS Train­ing In­sti­tute. In that role, Healey worked to make Narcan avail­able to ev­ery po­lice ve­hi­cle in the county as well as train­ing of­fi­cers in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the anti-opi­oid over­dose med­i­ca­tion. Nalox­one, also known as Narcan, is a drug that tem­po­rar­ily re­verses the symp­toms of an opi­oid over--

dose.

Healey also worked with leg­is­la­tors to make Narcan gen­er­ally avail­able with­out pre­scrip­tion and as­sure that in­di­vid­u­als ad­min­is­ter­ing Narcan are pro­tected by Good Sa­mar­i­tan laws.

“Ethan’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Narcan avail­able through­out Ch­ester County has re­sulted in more than 90 cases since Jan­uary 2015 where the ad­min­is­tra­tion of

Narcan has re­versed the ef­fect of a po­ten­tially deadly opi­oid over­dose,” Holling said. “His fo­cus is now on ed­u­cat­ing and de­ploy­ing Narcan in schools through­out the county, to in­crease aware­ness, and po­ten­tially to save even more lives.”

Holling or­ga­nized the sur­prise award. Healey said he was “touched” that Holling and many oth­ers worked to honor him with­out him know­ing they would.

“I was sur­prised. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it,” Healey said. “I’m very hum­bled.”

Healey ex­pressed grat­i­tude

to the Ch­ester County Drug and Al­co­hol pro­gram, as well as the Po­lice Chiefs As­so­ci­a­tion for help­ing with the project. He said it was a “huge step” in get­ting all county po­lice de­part­ments to carry Narcan.

Ac­cord­ing to Healey, Narcan has been used 96 times this year in Ch­ester County with 91 of them life-sav­ing ef­forts. When he first started the project, he said he “never fore­saw the im­pact on the com­mu­nity.”

To ac­com­plish his next goal, Healey is work­ing with State Sen. An­drew Din­ni­man to get Nalox­one

into schools. Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land, re­cently an­nounced that three high schools in Ch­ester County – Avon Grove High School, Con­estoga High School and Ox­ford Area High School – have been pro­vided with Nalox­one free of charge un­der a new state ini­tia­tive.

This was the first award that Healey re­ceived out­side of the or­ga­ni­za­tions he works with on the Narcan project.

Sev­eral elected of­fi­cials also sur­prised Healey with cer­tifi­cates of spe­cial recog­ni­tion for his con­tri­bu­tions

to the county, in­clud­ing: Din­ni­man, on be­half of the Penn­syl­va­nia Se­nate; state Rep. Dan Truitt, R-156, on be­half of the Penn­syl­va­nia House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives; and Robert Kagel, di­rec­tor or Emer­gency Ser­vices at Ch­ester County, pre­sented on be­half of the Ch­ester County Com­mis­sion­ers. Holling pre­sented cer­tifi­cates in the ab­sence of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on be­half of the United States Se­nate and U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, on be­half of the United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Healey is a stu­dent at West Ch­ester Univer­sity, a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer with the West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment and board di­rec­tor at Good Fel­low­ship. He achieved cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a Penn­syl­va­nia State Emer­gency Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cian (EMT) in­struc­tor in 2014 fol­low­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as an EMT at 16.

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Ethan Healey of West Ch­ester, re­ceived the first Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials (CCATO) Pres­i­dent’s Award for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fall con­fer­ence on Nov. 10 at the Men­den­hall Inn in Ken­nett Town­ship. Healey, cen­ter, poses with Kim Hol­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Good Fel­low­ship Am­bu­lance and Ernie Holling, pres­i­dent of the Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ethan Healey of West Ch­ester, re­ceived the first Ch­ester County As­so­ci­a­tion of Town­ship Of­fi­cials (CCATO) Pres­i­dent’s Award for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s fall con­fer­ence on Nov. 10 at the Men­den­hall Inn in Ken­nett Town­ship.

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