A real lifesaver: Ephrata police officer’s action lauded at West Cocalico meeting

By on April 27, 2016


The Ephrata Police Department was a central focus at the April 19 West Cocalico Township meeting.

Ephrata Police Officer Steven Wene saved the life of a West Cocalico Township man April 14.

Wene was the first emergency responder on the scene of a cardiac arrest call at South Ridge Road.

“This cardiac patient was transported to a local hospital, talking, whereas moments before the patient was receiving CPR from the EPD officer,” said Chief William Harvey.

Wene was patrolling in the area and responded to the male patient who had collapsed in the yard.

“Officer Wene’s immediate and quick response time, coupled with his professional actions saved the life of this patient,” noted Jessica Nino, EMT with Reinhold Community Ambulance.

Harvey had more praise for Wene

“Your professionalism and exhibition of the skills of a professional emergency responder made a difference in this patient’s life and his family. I congratulate you and it is a pleasure to serve with you,” said Harvey.

Lt. Thomas Shumaker told supervisors that National Police Week is May 15-21, with Police Officers Memorial Day being May 15.

“It is important that all citizens know and understand the problems, duties and responsibilities of their police department, and that members of our police department recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence or disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression or intimidation,” said Shumaker.

The Ephrata Police Department has been providing coverage for West Cocalico Township since Jan. 1.

In other news:

* The township has been “putting off” paving and sealing roads and “has not budgeted for it.”

“We keep pushing this off and pushing this off and it’s just going to get worse and worse,” said Supervisor Ray Burns.

Supervisor Chairman James J. Stoner suggested doing the roads now since oil prices are down.

“In the end, we’re going to have to raise taxes just to start doing the roads,” said Stoner.

* “I want to know if you’ve had any communication with the state about the intersection at Cherry Alley,” asked resident Lori Berger. “It scrapes the bottom of our car.”

Township Manager Carolyn Hildebrand agreed that it’s a “horrible” situation.

Paving will begin middle of May on the road.

* West Cocalico Township donations for 2016 include: Adamstown Area Library, $27,870; Reinholds Fire Company, $20,000; Schoeneck Fire Company, $20,000; Historical Society of Cocalico, $2,000; Cocalico Creek Watershed, $1,000; Cocalico Senior Association, $1,000.

* Rodger Sweigart became a member of the Schoeneck Fire Company and will serve as fire police officer.

* The planning commission will have an opening for a board member to replace Leon Eby, newly appointed to the board of supervisors.

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