AVONDALE—There aren’t many jobs where you get the save the lives of people.
Timothy Greene has one of them.
Two weeks ago, Greene, a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop J, Avondale barracks, responded to a report of a two-week-old infant who was unable to breathe. Greene rushed to the scene, was able to clear the infant’s airway through training he received, and kept the airway open until Oxford EMS arrived.
The infant is alive today because of Greene’s quick action.
“Your actions are the truest representing of your commitment to the core values of the Pennsylvania State Police,” said state police Capt. Bruce Williams.
Greene said saving the infant’s life was just part of his job.
“The baby was choking and I wanted to make sure I could get an airway where she could breathe again,” Green said. “Once the baby was crying, I knew it was a good thing.”
Despite long work hours and sometimes getting no respect from people while he is working, Greene said he has the best job in the world.
“This is the greatest profession, it really is,” he said. “I whistle each and every day I come to work. I really do.”
Green’s award was one of several handed out during Troop J’s first annual awards ceremony.
Tpr. Timothy Carroll earned the award for number of DUI arrests. Last year, troopers at the Avondale barracks made 385 DUI arrests, and Carroll was responsible for 28 of them.
“The bar has been set,” Williams said. “Avondale is known throughout the state. As a commander, I am in absolute awe when I see the dedication and commitment put out by the troop. This is all about serving the public. I know that (troopers) save lives here. I see it.”
Troopers receiving “Hook of the Month” awards were Noah Robinson, Kevin Kochka, Cpl. James Wisnieski, Adam MCormack, Alicyn March, Cody Simcox and Cpl. James Wisnieski.
Emphasis is placed on the follow-up work troopers do after getting a case. Last year, Tpr. Robinson responded to Highland Township for the report of stolen mail. Six corporate checks were taken out of a mailbox there, and subsequently forged and cashed for a loss of $6,799. Robinson contacted the victim’s band and, with the assistance of bank management, developed two suspects, one of whom was wanted on an active county bench warrant. Robinson later obtained a full confession as well as other mail thefts committed by two suspects.
And a child predator is off the streets thanks to Tpr. March.
Earlier this year, a ChildLine report was made by a local elementary school. An 11-year-old student was sexually assaulted by her live-in uncle at their shared residence in Upper Oxford. March interviewed the suspect who confessed not only to that crime, but to multiple incidents of sexual assaults occurring over the past five year. The man remains in Chester County Prison.