Area state police receive commendations

Pictured from left to right bottom row: Major Dante Orlandi (from left, bottom row), Trooper Stefano Gallina, Master Trooper Patrick Fetterman, Trooper Stefanie Schiavoni, Captain Maurice Tomlinson, Trooper Patrick Kilgarif (second row), Harry Sohn, Lt. Michael Witmer (top row), Lt. William Donahue, Lt. James Fisher, and Lt. Richard D’Ambrosio celebrate the commendations.

Pictured from left to right bottom row: Maj. Dante Orlandi (from left, bottom row), Trooper Stefano Gallina, Master Trooper Patrick Fetterman, Trooper Stefanie Schiavoni, Captain Maurice Tomlinson, Trooper Patrick Kilgarif (second row), Harry Sohn,
Lt. Michael Witmer (top row), Lt. William Donahue, Lt. James Fisher, and Lt. Richard D’Ambrosio celebrate the commendations.

From saving the life of a crash victim to demonstrating a commitment to DUI enforcement, state police in Troop J received awards from Maj. Dante Orlandi and Capt. Maurice Tomlinson during an annual troop drill.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Trooper Patrick Kilgarif of the Avondale barracks received a Troop J letter of commendation for his life-saving efforts on April 24. Kilgarif responded to a serious crash involving a motorcycle on Route 841 and Ramee Road in West Marlborough Township, a state police press release said.

The operator of a motorcycle lost control at a sharp turn and sustained major injuries, including a severed leg and serious internal injuries, Kilgarif utilized a tourniquet on the leg to stop the massive bleeding and applied a compression bandage until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, the release said.

Other letters of commendation went 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 DUI arrests in 2015 and Schiavoni logged 57 arrests, actions that help reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries, the release said.

Master Trooper Patrick Fetterman, a motor carrier enforcement officer in Troop J, Lancaster, received recognition for serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 25 years, and civilian mechanic Harry Sohn was lauded for 20 years of service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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