Jan 21 2020

Summit Security Officer Receives Ronald G. Hoerner Award for Valor

Pictured, left to right: Syracuse Regional Manager Jeff Peckins, Summit Security Officer Thomas Newton, and fellow Security Officer Tom Marlin. (Award presented at client location – NYS Fairgrounds)

While on post, Summit Security Officer Thomas Newton was alerted to a medical emergency at the New York State Fairgrounds, a valued Summit client in the Syracuse Region.

Responding to the incident, Newton found an elderly man, who was unconscious and had stopped breathing, being attended by a nurse. Newton immediately contacted the Security Officer at the nearest Fairgrounds entrance gate and requested outside emergency medical services (EMS). Then, he applied Automated External Defibrillator (AED) pads to the unresponsive man and began chest compressions.

The man responded to the treatment and after two rounds of chest compressions, the AED detected a heartbeat. Newton continued to monitor the man and was soon able to find a pulse with his fingers. The man eventually regained consciousness and was treated by EMS.

“Thomas Newton is an outstanding Officer,” stated Syracuse Regional Manager Jeff Peckins.  “He is a consummate professional and the decisive actions he took, along with his ability to remain calm during this emergency situation, helped save someone’s life.  His actions are a credit to himself and Summit.”

Summit expects the highest levels of commitment, vigilance and responsiveness from its Security Officers, who protect client facilities and the lives and safety of people who use them. Security Officer Newton demonstrated all of these attributes in his actions at the Fairgrounds. For his commendable actions, Summit has recognized Newton with the Ronald G. Hoerner Award for Valor, the company’s highest honor. Summit congratulates him for his outstanding actions, which epitomize the caring, dedicated service for which Summit is well-known.

The recipient of this prestigious award has risen above and beyond the scope of their duties and has performed an extraordinary act of service in protecting the lives, property, and peace of mind of our clients or Summit itself.  His actions reflect great credit upon themselves, the company, and the protection profession.

The Ronald G. Hoerner Award commemorates the life and dedicated service of Ronald G. Hoerner, a Summit security manager and 27-year veteran of the New York State Police, who died in the World Trade Center collapse on September 11, 2001, while assisting in evacuation response operations.

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