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Three Policemen Honored for Risking Their Lives to Save Another

Officers Blake Innocent (left) E. Daniel Wengiel (center) and Gregory Riehl (right) were presented with the life-saving commendation award at the Elizabethtown Borough Council work session on Thursday, June 7.

Three Elizabethtown Borough policemen were presented with a life-saving commendation for their actions when responding to a report of an attempted suicide.

Officers Gregory Riehl, Blake Innocent and E. Daniel Wengiel heard a car running in a closed garage when responding to the report on April 27, Police Chief Ed Cunningham said. They found that the woman was slumped over the steering wheel of her running vehicle inside the garage, he said.

“Despite the obvious risk to their own health and safety, these officers entered the garage and rescued the female subject, moving her outside to safety and beginning first aid until the medics and firefighters arrived to assume care,” Cunningham said when presenting the award at the Borough Council work session meeting on Thursday, June 7.

The officers then helped firefighters make sure the house was safe to enter before turning it back over to family members, Cunningham said.

The chief noted that the award is rarely presented; he said not the three officers were being honored not just for saving a life, but for risking their own lives in the process.

“This is an award that is almost never presented because of the level of risk to their own safety,” Cunningham said.

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