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Two Towamencin police officers honored with life-saving award

Towamencin Police Chief Tim Troxel presents Officer Christopher McAroy (center) and Detective Christopher Bluem with lifesaving awards during a township council meeting on June 26, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Towamencin Township Police Department)

TOWAMENCIN — Two of Towamencin’s finest received high honors this year for rescuing a resident.

Detective Christopher Bluem and Officer Christopher McAroy were recognized in late June for their response to a medical call.

“On March 17, our officers were dispatched to Kimberly Way in reference to a medical emergency,” said Police Chief Tim Troxel.

“When we get these calls, we never know what’s coming. And we usually show up before the ambulance,” he said.

During that call, officers went to a home where the resident was outside doing yard work, the board reported June 26. He was later found to have dangerously low potassium levels, which caused health problems when he returned home.

Towamencin Police Chief Tim Troxel presents Officer Christopher McAroy (center) and Detective Christopher Bluem with lifesaving awards during a borough council meeting on June 26, 2024. (Screenshot from video recording of the meeting)

“He went inside and came down. Luckily, he was noticed before his wife: he had a seizure in the kitchen, and on the way down, he hit his head and had a small injury there,” Troxel said.

The man’s wife immediately called 911, and when officers arrived, the man had lost consciousness and eventually stopped breathing. She began performing CPR, and officers quickly took over when they arrived: “It’s very important, in the first five to 10 minutes of an incident like this, to keep the blood flowing,” the chief said.

Towamencin Police Chief Tim Troxel presents Officer Christopher McAroy with a lifesaving award during a council meeting on June 26, 2024. (Screenshot from video recording of the meeting)

“Our officers immediately started CPR and reactivated the automated external defibrillator in their car. It’s basically ‘Zap, clear,’ except it does everything for us: we put on the pads and it checks the heart rhythm,” Troxel said.

Two officers attempted to resuscitate the victim at which point an ambulance arrived and the officers then assisted in transporting the patient to Grandview Hospital for further treatment.

“When they put him in the ambulance, he regained spontaneous breathing and a pulse. Thanks to the quick intervention of the officers, he is undoubtedly alive, kicking and with us: and his birthday is coming up” in July, Troxel said.

“I love giving out awards like this because these people do great things every day,” he said.

As supervisors and a room full of family and friends applauded, the chief presented the two individuals with official lifesaving awards, and chairman of the supervisors Chuck Wilson thanked them on behalf of the board.