Certificates of Recognition

Dispatcher Clara M. Oglesbee

Dispatcher Clara M. Oglesbee received a Certificate of Recognition for providing life-saving assistance to a woman at the Piqua Post. On January 27, 2010, a woman walked into the Piqua Post holding her neck, indicating she was choking. Dispatcher Oglesbee immediately responded to the foyer and performed the Heimlich maneuver to displace the object blocking the womanís airway. Although the woman was able to breathe with difficulty, the object was still causing her discomfort. Dispatcher Oglesbee continued to administer aid until emergency medical personnel arrived to transport the woman to the hospital.


Dispatcher Daniel E. Shaffer

Dispatcher Daniel E. Shaffer received a Certificate of Recognition for his actions at the scene of a crash. On January 16, 2010, Dispatcher Shaffer was traveling south on SR 7 near the Jefferson and Belmont county line when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. Dispatcher Shaffer notified the St. Clairsville Dispatch Center of the possible impaired driver just before he saw the vehicle drive off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch. Dispatcher Shaffer told the dispatch center about the crash, and then stopped to render assistance to the driver. He found the female driver slumped over the steering wheel, unconscious, unresponsive and having difficulty breathing. Dispatcher Shaffer lifted the victim off the steering wheel, which helped open the woman's airway. At the same time, he offered reassurance to the victimís 7-year-old granddaughter, who also was in the vehicle. He then used his portable fire radio to request emergency medical service. Dispatcher Shaffer continued to render aid to the victim until emergency medical personnel reached the scene. He then stayed with the womanís granddaughter while her grandmother received treatment.


Lt. Michael A. Harmon
Tpr. Jared M. Klingensmith

Lt. Michael A. Harmon and Tpr. Jared M. Klingensmith received Certificates of Recognition for their efforts to prevent a distraught man from committing suicide. On November 16, 2009, Lt. Harmon and Tpr. Klingensmith responded to a report of a man threatening to commit suicide outside the Conneaut Scale Facility on Interstate 90. Lt. Harmon and Tpr. Klingensmith located the suspect, who was standing behind the scales with a revolver in his right hand and a mobile phone in his left hand. Tpr. Klingensmith stayed behind his cruiser to provide cover as Lt. Harmon took position behind his driver door and yelled commands for the man to drop his weapon. The man ignored Lt. Harmonís commands and continued to talk on his phone. Once it was learned that the man was speaking to a dispatcher at the Conneaut Police Department, Lt. Harmon relayed a request that the dispatcher advise the suspect to put his weapon down. The man eventually complied by putting the revolver on the ground and stepping away from it. The suspect was secured without further incident and was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.


Tpr. Justin T. Cooper
Tpr. Edward G. Franke

Tpr. Justin T. Cooper and Tpr. Edward G. Franke received Certificates of Recognition for their performance at the scene of a one-vehicle, roll-over crash on County Road 46 in Island Creek Township in Jefferson County on August 8, 2009. Arriving first at the scene, Tpr. Cooper and Tpr. Franke found the teenage driver of the vehicle partially ejected through the sunroof and pinned under the car. With the victim struggling to breathe, Tpr. Cooper and Tpr. Franke used a jack to lift the overturned vehicle enough to help the boy breathe easier. After emergency rescue crews were able to stabilize the vehicle and extract the victim from the wreckage, he was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Pittsburgh where he is recovering. Emergency medical workers on the scene reported that the quick response and actions by Tpr. Cooper and Tpr. Franke saved the victimís life.


Tpr. Samuel K. Hendricks

Tpr. Samuel K. Hendricks received a Certificate of Recognition for his efforts to prevent a distraught man from committing suicide. On June 27, 2009, Tpr. Hendricks responded to a report of a man threatening to commit suicide on an overpass on Interstate 70 near Pickerington. Tpr. Hendricks located the man, who was sitting with his legs draped over the side of the overpass. He immediately shut down the westbound lanes of I-70, and then he approached the man and engaged him in conversation as he inched his way closer to him. Meanwhile, Kenneth W. Blackmon also had moved close to the distraught man. On Tpr. Hendricksí signal, he and Mr. Blackmon grabbed the man and with help from two other bystanders, safely pulled him away from the ledge of the overpass. No one was injured in the rescue, and the suicidal man was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.


Tpr. Dwayne A. Dotson

Tpr. Dwayne A. Dotson received a Certificate of Recognition for his actions at the scene of a crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Williams County. On May 17, 2009, Tpr. Dotson checked a vehicle for a speed violation and maneuvered to initiate a traffic stop. Before Tpr. Dotson could initiate the stop, the driver lost control and drove off of the roadway. The vehicle struck a guardrail and rolled over into the grass median, causing a fire in the engine compartment. Tpr. Dotson retrieved his fire extinguisher and put out the fire. Then, with assistance from several bystanders, Tpr. Dotson helped three injured occupants exit the vehicle through a broken window.

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