Today, Officer Searle was recognized by Life Support Team (LST) for going above and beyond in helping an elderly township resident. As most of our residents know, our officers respond to most LST calls, as we typically get to the scene first, and all of our officers are trained in First Aid, CPR, Narcan, AED, Tactical Trauma Care and some of them are even certified EMTs.
On one particular early morning call last year, Officer Searle responded with LST to a home where an elderly resident really needed to go to the hospital, but was afraid to leave her dog home alone - she had no family in the state.
After over an hour of building a rapport with the resident, Officer Searle and the LST Medics finally convinced her to allow LST to transport her to the hospital, as long as Officer Searle came back when he got off work to check on her dog.
What some thought was only going to be a short stay in the hospital for the woman, turned into an over three week stay. During those three weeks, Officer Searle took the dog home and integrated it with his family until the woman was released, all-the-while calling her to give her regular updates on how the dog was doing, and how it was getting along with his dogs.
The woman has been in and out of the hospital several times since then, and to this day Officer Searle regularly calls and/or stops by her house to check on her.
We share with LST in our appreciation of Officer Searle’s dedication and commitment to our residents and we appreciate the recognition by our partners at LST. This is just one of many examples that prove that we are stronger, and we serve the community better, when we all work together.