December 2, 2021

Police, emergency medical workers honored

Three Homer police officers, two TLC Emergency Medical Services employees and a state police investigator were recognized Monday for saving lives, while a former Homer police officer was honored for attending to a wounded police officer.

Officer Michael Howell was recognized during a ceremony at TLC Emergency Medical Services for administering naloxone on Jan. 20, 2020, to a person who had overdosed, according to the Homer Police Department.

In another life-saving effort, Homer School Resource Officer Quentin Giles and his wife, state police Investigator Amanda Giles, were both off duty Dec. 18 and having lunch at a village restaurant when they were told a man in the restaurant was unconscious. The two began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

When on-duty Homer Police Officer Timothy Roodenburg arrived, he assisted with CPR and applied an automatic external defibrillator.

In a matter of a minute, TLC Paramedic Ken Knickerbocker and Emergency Medical Technician Anna Hemingway arrived and helped the man, former Onondaga County Legislator Robert DeMore, regain consciousness. He was taken to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. DeMore attended the award ceremony Monday.

“It was a great team effort,” said

Trish Hansen, Cortland’s division manager for TLC Emergency Medical Services.

Knickerbocker and Hemingway received red heart awards, given anytime there is a successful cardiac arrest event, Hansen said, when the medical staff is able to help the person regain consciousness and have them alert and breathing.

Hansen said Knickerbocker has five red hearts — the most of anyone at TLC Ambulance. Hemingway has four.

Former officer Matthew Compton was recognized with the department’s Distinguished Service Award for caring for injured Cortland Officer Chad Knapp after Knapp was shot March 27, 2020, while responding to a domestic dispute at 12 Elm St., Cortland.

Once the officer was taken to the hospital, Compton stayed at the scene to assist with the perimeter.

That was Compton’s last shift with the village department before moving to Wisconsin.