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WESTTOWN — With the mounting snow in a short period of time during the blizzard this past winter, a Westtown resident collapsed from a heart attack while shoveling his driveway on Jan. 23 with no way for first responders to reach him.
That’s when four township residents jumped immediately into action.
“We are here to honor four men for extraordinary work in extraordinarily difficult circumstances to save a life,” said Brenda Bernot, chief of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department.
Dean Stafford and Mike King, both of the township’s Public Works Department, plowed an accessible path to the residence to allow Andrew Lang and Edmund “Ted” Lewis, of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, to get to the man and perform CPR.
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The quick work of all four men helped the first responders save the 77-year-old resident and transport him to the hospital, though several days later, he did pass away.
In recognition of Stafford’s and King’s efforts that January day, Bernot presented the two with a Citizen Commendation.
“It is really an honor to be recognized, but I tell you in truth, I think the team we work with, any of them would have done the same thing,” Stafford said. “We enjoy what we do, we take it seriously and we try to take as much pride as we possibly can.”
As though the act itself wasn’t amazing enough, Stafford pointed out that Jan. 23 also happened to be King’s first day plowing.
“It was his first time snowplowing and you know what that storm was like,” Stafford said. “To his credit, he came back again for several consecutive storms and he’s still here today.”
For Lang and Lewis, they each received an Officer Commendation from Bernot, who also happened to go above and beyond again the following day.
“During the same snowstorm, less than 24 hours later, they also technically saved another life,” Bernot said. “A gentleman in Michigan contacted the department and said he had just spoken with his father, who had been without heat for several days because of the snowstorm. They went out to the residence, crawled through the snow to the residence and ultimately they dug out the intake and exhaust vents for the furnace so that it would start working again.”
All four awards were given to the men on Monday during the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Both pairs were equally impressed with the work the other did and combined, their dedicated service made all the difference.
“These road crew guys are just amazing,” Lewis said. “They had no idea what we were responding to that day. We just came in with our lights on and pointed a finger. Boy, did they just drop the hammer. I have no idea how they cleared a path without destroying 50 cars along the way. It was impressive.”