County Council recognizes life-saving actions

of police and first responders


We are sometimes faced with alarming and unusual medical emergency situations that require the assistance of our paramedics and trained first responders. These trained individuals include our paramedics, emergency services personnel and members of the law enforcement community.

At the Sept. 20 meeting, Delaware County Council recognized three police officers and two emergency responders whose quick action, training and heroic efforts resulted in lives being saved.

At the meeting, Councilman John McBlain spoke about the heroic efforts of the men and women, and expressed how grateful the county is to the many citizens who use their training and skills to help others in times of emergency.

On September 4, a significant fire occurred in Clifton Heights. At approximately 8:24 a.m., police and first responders were dispatched to the Cliff Park Apartments in the 300 block of North Sycamore Avenue for a reported building fire.

The first responding officer to the scene was Sergeant Marie Morgan of the Clifton Heights Police Department. She quickly located and reported the fire to be in the third floor of the building. Sergeant Morgan was then joined by Officer Christian Caputo of Clifton Heights and Sergeant Steve Ziviello of Aldan Borough Police Department. Together they entered the building and successfully evacuated all but the third floor due to heavy smoke and flames.

In response to a report of an entrapment on the third floor, EMT Kevin Cosentino and paramedic Sam Mason joined the three police officers and located a mother, teenage daughter and two toddlers in perilous and heavy smoke conditions.

As directed, the toddlers were dropped safely to Sergeant Ziviello and EMT Cosentino and tended by Sergeant Morgan and Sergeant Ziviello while Officer Caputo medically cared for the mother and teenage daughter who were forced to jump from the window to escape smoke and fire conditions.

During the meeting, Council recognized how their actions exemplify how members of our law enforcement and first responder community are always willing to answer the call of duty for our residents, and to enter perilous situations, even at the risk of their own lives.

"Faced with an alarming and unusual emergency, these first responders disregarded their own personal safety to save the lives of others," said Councilman John McBlain. "They acted decisively and bravely, and responded during a time when seconds meant the difference between life and death. We are very fortunate to have them serving here in our community."

The individuals recognized are Sergeant Marie Morgan and Officer Christian Caputo, both from the Clifton Heights Police Department, Sergeant Steve Ziviello of the Aldan Police Department, Kevin Cosentino, EMT, Crozer Keystone Health System EMS - North Division, and Sam Mason, Paramedic, Crozer Keystone Health System EMS - North Division. They were joined by Chief Timothy Rockenbach of the Clifton Heights Police Department, Chief Kenneth J. Coppola of Aldan Borough Police Department and Conlen M. Booth, Chief of EMS, North Division, Crozer Keystone Health System.




County Council recognizes life-saving actions of Delaware County first responders

County Council recognized the life-saving actions of Delaware County first responders at the September 20 weekly meeting. As a result of their swift response to a building fire in Clifton Heights on Sept. 4, Labor Day weekend, no lives were lost. From left, Sergeant Marie Morgan and Chief Timothy Rockenbach of Clifton Heights Police Department, Councilman John McBlain, Sergeant Steve Ziviello of the Aldan Borough Police Department, Sam Mason, paramedic and Kevin Cosentino, EMT, both with Crozer Keystone Health System EMS - North Division. Second row, from left, Clifton Heights Mayor Joseph Kelly, Councilman Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario J. Civera Jr., Councilman Dave White, Chief Kenneth Coppola of Aldan Borough Police Department, and Conlen M. Booth, Chief of EMS, North Division, Crozer Keystone Health System.