The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

Sheriff’s department personnel earn life saving awards

- By Saratogian staff

BALLSTONSP­A, N.Y. » Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo recently recognized three members of the Communicat­ionsDivisi­on with Life Saving Awards for their role in the reversal of a cardiac arrest of a fellow telecommun­icator.

Additional­ly, six members of the division were awarded Certificat­es of Merit for their roles during themedical emergency which occurred within the 911 center.

On September 17, 2020 a telecommun­icator working in the Communicat­ions Center suffered cardiac arrest.

Relying upon their training and teamwork skills, they initiated CPR until relieved by paramedics of Community EMS.

“The calmness demonstrat­ed by these members during this event is amazing,” Zurlo said in a press release. “To have an event as tragic as this have happen in a working high volume 911 Center is a testament to their profession­alism and dedication.”

Desk Sergeant Kurt Haas, Desk Officer Thomas Lundquist and Director of Emergency Communicat­ions Steven Gordon each received a Life Saving Award during a ceremony on Tuesday at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Certificat­es of Merit were also presented to Desk Sergeant Leah Kane, Desk Sergeant Timothy Johnston, Desk Officer George Downs, Desk Officer Niklas Kaplan, Desk Officer Joshua Ot ten and Desk Officer William Cody Marshall.

 ?? PHOTO PROVIDED ?? Left to right: Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Director of Emergency Communicat­ions Steven Gordon, Desk Officer Thomas Lundquist, Michael Melucci, telecommun­icator Cheri Melucci, Jake Melucci, Desk Sergeant Kurt Haas and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo gather for an awards ceremony on Tuesday at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in Ballston Spa. Gordon, Lundquist and Haas all received Life Saving awards for their role in the reversal of a cardiac arrest.
PHOTO PROVIDED Left to right: Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Director of Emergency Communicat­ions Steven Gordon, Desk Officer Thomas Lundquist, Michael Melucci, telecommun­icator Cheri Melucci, Jake Melucci, Desk Sergeant Kurt Haas and Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo gather for an awards ceremony on Tuesday at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in Ballston Spa. Gordon, Lundquist and Haas all received Life Saving awards for their role in the reversal of a cardiac arrest.
 ?? PHOTO PROVIDED ?? Certificat­e of Merit recipients Desk Sergeant Leah Kane, Desk Sergeant Timothy Johnston, Desk Officer George Downs, Desk Officer Niklas Kaplan, Desk Officer Joshua Otten and Desk Officer William Cody Marshall join with the Melucci family during an award ceremony on Tuesday at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in Ballston Spa.
PHOTO PROVIDED Certificat­e of Merit recipients Desk Sergeant Leah Kane, Desk Sergeant Timothy Johnston, Desk Officer George Downs, Desk Officer Niklas Kaplan, Desk Officer Joshua Otten and Desk Officer William Cody Marshall join with the Melucci family during an award ceremony on Tuesday at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office in Ballston Spa.

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