Monday, September 21, 2015

State Troopers Receive Lifesaving Awards

Pennsylvania State Police Rockview Criminal Investigator Trooper Brian Wakefield and Trooper Trevor Danko were presented with The American Red Cross Lifesaving Award during a special ceremony held at the State Police Barracks at Rockview in State College on Monday, September 21, 2015.

They earned their awards for their quick-thinking and quick-action during an investigation into a reported natural death at a home in Brenner Township this past June.

While removing the body from the residence, area funeral director Mark Heintzelman became short of breath and incoherent before slipping into unconsciousness. Both troopers were already springing into action to assist Heintzelman when he stopped breathing and lost his pulse. Without hesitation, the troopers administered CPR until an EMS crew arrived to transport Heintzelman, who has since made a full recovery, to Mount Nittany Medical Center.

By providing lifesaving CPR to Heintzelman at the first sign of his distress, Troopers Wakefield and Danko played a pivotal role in the man’s ultimate survival. Congratulations on receiving your awards, and thank you for your service and commitment to the community.

Pictured Above l-r: Red Cross Training Specialist Kelly Schaeffer with Trooper Trevor Danko, Criminal Investigator Trooper Brian Wakefield, and the person they saved, Mark Heintzelman.