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Municipal Matters | Ferguson Township police chief recognizes officers, truck driver for role in saving life

The Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and Police Chief Diane Conrad recognized two township police officers and a Houtzdale resident Monday for their quick actions in performing CPR on a township resident this summer.

On July 16, the officers received a call that a man was found unresponsive and CPR had been started, Conrad said. Harvey Corrigan, an Advanced Disposal truck driver, had pulled in behind the Subway on West College Avenue and found a red pickup truck stopped in the trafficway.

He found Alan Landis unresponsive, she said. Having had CPR training a year before, he pulled Landis from the truck and began to attempt resuscitation.

After three minutes, township police officers Bill Chambers and Travis Park arrived on the scene, Conrad said. Having CPR equipment in their cruiser, as well as an automated external defibrillator, the officers began to assist in the resuscitation, eventually shocking Landis twice with the AED.

Centre LifeLink EMS arrived shortly after, she said, and took Landis to Mount Nittany Medical Center. Fortunately, his cardiologist happened to be on duty that day.

“What I like about this incident is it’s the perfect textbook case about what you want to have happen in your community,” Conrad said. “But it only happens if people are trained and step up to the challenge.”

Kent Kanable, of Centre LifeLink and the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, presented Corrigan with a plaque and a pin for his role in the rescue. Officers Chambers and Park were presented with certificates of recognition.

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association was started in Centre County about four years ago, Kanable said, with a goal of teaching everyone CPR and getting more AEDs out into the community. So far, in the State College area, he said about 15,000 people have been trained in the lifesaving technique.

“We’re finding that community members are out starting CPR,” he said. “They’re fast acting. They recognize an emergency and start.”

Landis who was on hand for the presentation, encouraged those in attendance to support LifeLink and shared his gratitude with Corrigan.

“If you’re going to have a heart problem,” he said, “you want this young man or someone like him there. He’s the reason I’m here today.”