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Brant police officer commended for role in emergency incident

BRANT — Town of Brant Police Officer Cameron Dawley received a letter of commendation from Brant Police Chief Donald Hepkins for his role in an emergency incident at a local park.

Hepkins reported that the letter was issued to Dawley for the officer’s assistance in retrieving a drowning victim from the water at Evangola State Park Beach on Aug. 24.

Dawley was commended for his quick response to the situation, which involved his entering Lake Erie to retrieve the victim, before administering CPR.

“Cameron, I would like to commend you on the outstanding job you did on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 on the beach of Evangola State Park,” Hepkins said.

“The notification of the proper resources to assist and the performance of CPR on the victim showed the ability to react properly, under extreme pressure. I was informed by several of the responding personnel that your presence at the scene was reassuring and totally professional, by the way that you secured your weapon and other equipment, as you entered the water to lead the search for the victim.”

The chief spoke about Dawley’s response time and quick thinking, in “the fast recovery of a drowning victim in Lake Erie. I commend you for the performance of your duty on this date and I am proud to have yourself as a member of the town of Brant Police Department. Congratulations again, on a job well done.”

On behalf of the entire board, Supervisor Leonard Pero expressed gratitude toward the officer.

“The town board would like to commend him also,” Pero said, “and we would like to publicly commend Officer Dawley for his outstanding police work and we’re very proud that he is an officer, here in the town of Brant.”

In addition to applauding Dawley’s efforts, Hepkins also extended thanks and commendation to the Lake Erie Beach Fire Company and its water rescue team, which also played a role in the incident.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend your fire department, and especially the water rescue team, for the quick and professional response to a drowning at Evangola State Park Beach,” Hepkins said.

“Officer Dawley informed me that the responding units from your fire department had to overcome at least two obstacles and still entered the water, recovered the victim, and started CPR in less than 30 minutes from when the call was received. I believe that your department‘s response, along with all of your agencies on location, gave the victim the best possible chance of a save. Thank you and the members of the Lake Erie Beach Fire Company, for all that you do for our community.”
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