The Kettering Police Department takes great pride in the service of its officers. Below are examples of honors awarded to these officers for outstanding service
Officer Schroeder – Meritorious Service Award
Officer Schroeder was dispatched to a pursuit involving a driver failing to yield to police due to a medical condition. During the pursuit, Ptl. Schroeder was instructed to P.I.T. the vehicle to prevent it from traveling onto Dorothy Lane and endangering innocent drivers. The P.I.T. was cancelled due to a school bus in the area.
The driver was approaching the school bus at the intersection of Stroop Road and East Dorothy Lane. Ptl. Schroeder maneuvered his police cruiser between the school bus and the vehicle being pursued to prevent a crash. The subject’s vehicle struck Ptl. Schroeder’s cruiser and spared the school bus. The pursuit ended as the subject’s vehicle was boxed in at the scene and unable to proceed to the intersection of East Dorothy Lane during rush hour.
Ptl. Schroeder’s quick and decisive actions not only saved the subject from injuring herself, but everyone in her proximity. He acted without concern for his own wellbeing by using his vehicle to prevent injury to the subject, as well as innocent passengers on the school bus and drivers in the intersection. The officer remained calm and professional during a time of crisis that involved significant risk of life and injury to him and everyone involved. Because of his selflessness, Officer Schroeder is being awarded the Meritorious Service Award.
Officers Anderson, Matt & McCoy – Class I Commendation
These officers were dispatched to the Georgetown Apartments on a possible heroin overdose call. The caller did not have an address, but described the subject’s vehicle and stated it should be somewhere in the area of Cannonbury. While en route, Ptl. Anderson checked the subject through Justice Web and was able to determine exactly where he lived. The officers responded to this address and found him unresponsive and breathing shallow.
While waiting for the Kettering Fire Department to arrive, the subject stopped breathing. Ptl. Anderson quickly started giving chest compressions while Ptl. Matt held his head to the side so the subject would not aspirate. At this same time, Ptl. McCoy ran to his cruiser to retrieve the AED. Prior to the medics’ arrival, Ptl. Anderson was able to get the subject to begin breathing again and regain a pulse. Medics from Kettering Fire arrived on scene and used multiple injections of Narcan to revive him. The subject was then transported to hospital for further treatment.
If not for the actions of these officers and the others involved, this situation would have ended in tragedy at the apartment. Instead, the medics were given the opportunity to continue lifesaving procedures. This team effort is to be commended for the determination, compassion and calmness displayed during this highly-stressful time of emergency in an attempt to save a person’s life.
Officer Shriver-Kelch – Class I Commendation
Officer Shriver-Kelch was dispatched to Big Lots on a man down not breathing inside the bathroom. Upon arrival, Ptl. Shriver-Kelch had to perform CPR on the male who had apparently overdosed on heroin. While performing the lifesaving procedure, Ptl. Shriver-Kelch also had to keep an eye on another subject who was attempting to conceal evidence used to take the injection.
Prior to the medics’ arrival, Ptl. Shriver-Kelch was able to get the subject to begin breathing again and regain a pulse. Medics from Kettering Fire arrived on scene and injected Narcan inorder to revive him. The subject was then transported to hospital for further treatment.
If not for her actions, this situation would have ended in tragedy in the bathroom. Instead, the medics were given the opportunity to continue lifesaving procedures. The officer’s efforts are to be commended for the determination, compassion and calmness displayed during this highly-stressful time of emergency in an attempt to save a person’s life.
Officer McCoy – Class II Commendation
Officer McCoy responded to report of a found dog. After determining the dog’s home address, McCoy attempted to reunite the canine with its owner. Upon receiving no response to his knocks on the door, he began checking the exterior of the residence and looked in the windows. At this point, he noticed several items out of place which caused him alarm.
Officer McCoy then requested the assistance of the Kettering Fire Department and opened a window to the resident from the outside. As he called out for the resident, the 60-year-old homeowner who had fallen some seven hours ago and needed medical assistance responded.
While speaking with the resident, Officer McCoy was able to obtain the code to his garage and gain access to the residence. Once inside, McCoy and the Kettering Fire Department were able to provide the necessary care for the subject.
Ptl. McCoy’s efforts prove the impact and importance of investigating every possibility even for simple calls for service. A call for a found dog turned out to be a potential lifesaving event. Without his actions, the results of the fallen subject could have been devastating. McCoy’s dedication and attention to detail by seeing “several items out of place” are why he is receiving this award.
Officer William Torok – Class II Commendation
Officer Torok dispatched to the Wilmington Stroop Library regarding a criminal trespass/suspicious person. Dispatch advised that a young man was noticed checking doors of businesses in that area. A separate caller from neighboring apartments advised that this male was also seen sleeping in their hallways. When he was approached by apartment staff, he ran away.
Officer Torok located this subject sitting at a computer in the public library. During a conversation with him, the officer learned that he was a 19 year old from Wisconsin visiting friends at the Chapel Hill Apartments. These friends left for a few days, and the young man was locked out of the apartment. He had no money and no cell phone.
Officer Torok took the approach of compassion rather than charging the young man. He contacted the young man’s mother in Wisconsin and advised her of the situation. He then bought him a meal after discovering he had not eaten for a day. A bystander also contributed money for another meal. The officer then drove the young man to the bus station and made sure he was out of harm’s way.
The officer’s kindness adds luster to the Kettering Police badge and the law enforcement profession. His actions remind us what really matters and why we are serving. Officer Torok truly exemplifies and promotes our goal of continuing to build strong relationships with our community, and he taught this young man a positive life lesson.
Dean Roll – Citizenship Award
Mr. Roll saw a man looking into windows at residences after dark. He scared the suspect off and pursued him on foot while contacting Kettering Police to report the incident. The suspect was caught and identified as a convicted sex offender. Thank you for your vigilance and concern for your community.
Jeffrey Scott Runyon & Jon Keim Citizenship Awards
Mr. Runyon and Mr. Keim saw an unattended toddler crossing Wilmington Pike. They worked together in removing the child from harm’s way and contact the Kettering Police Department. Thank you for helping to keep Kettering a safe place to live, work and play.