Middletown Township awarded commendations to four police officers for outstanding work at last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Their actions ranged from potentially life saving to taking initiative on valuable arrests.
Chief Joe Bartorilla called up the officers by case for recognition. First, Bartorilla named Officers Glenn McPherson and Christopher Viscardi for helping to prevent a suicide.
On Friday, Apr. 5, the two Middletown officers were visiting Doylestown for a court date. After parking, a man walked up to Viscardi and said “to tell his son he loved him.” The male moved to the edge of the parking lot and threatened to jump.
McPherson began talking to the man, trying to keep him alive. At the same time, Viscardi was contacting local law enforcement to respond to the scene.
After several minutes of dialogue, the man decided to walk away from the edge. He was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
“Your ability to pick up on his troubling statements and your quick, decisive actions potentially saved this man’s life,” Bartorilla said.
Next, Bartorilla recognized Officer Robert Compton. On Jun. 16, Compton responded to the scene of an armed robbery, the second at a single store in seven hours.
Compton was able to find the suspect based only on a vehicle description. A witness confirmed the individual was responsible for both robberies. The man is charged with aggravated assault and related charges.
Finally, Bartorilla called up Officer Ryan Morrison. On Jul. 2, the officer noticed a vehicle following him with its high beams on.
Morrison conducted a traffic stop, though the driver did not pull over immediately. He noticed the smell of marijuana. After all three occupants admitted to smoking inside the vehicle, Morrison noticed one had an outstanding warrant.
Morrison arrested the individual in question, then searched him. The investigation revealed several rocks of crack cocaine and a loaded handgun.
“That is an outstanding job, so good work,” Bartorilla said.
All four officers will have their commendations placed in their personnel files.