Aug 13 2019

Summit Security Officer Saves Child’s Life

Pictured, left to right: Lenesha Hall, Operations Manager of Campus Safety; Edward Hanley, Assistant Director of Campus Safety; Scott Torre, Director of Campus Safety; Summit Security Officer lddrisu Abubakari; New Jersey Regional Manager Michael Hando; and Client Service Manager Anthony Baglino

Earlier this summer, while on a mid-morning patrol at St. Peter’s University, a major Summit educational client in New Jersey, Security Officer lddrisu Abubakari noticed a small child crying hysterically inside a vehicle parked on the street.

Given that the day was very hot, Abubakari immediately alerted his supervisor and the campus safety team. Summit Supervisor Larry Robinson, Security Officer Imoro Dasana and other campus personnel responded. The child was removed from the vehicle. The child, a six-year old girl, was found to be very dehydrated, so Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) from a nearby hospital were summoned to assess the child’s condition.

It was later determined that the girl had been in the car since 1:00 AM. The temperature inside the vehicle was rising and could have reached 172 degrees by the afternoon. The client credited Abubakari with saving the girl’s life.

For his quick response to the emergency, Abubakari received the Ronald G. Hoerner Award for Valor. This award is given to Summit employees who go beyond the scope of their duties and perform an extraordinary act of service, protecting the lives, property, and peace of mind of our clients, or of Summit itself. The award is named for Ronald G. Hoerner, a Summit security manager and 27-year veteran of the New York State Police, who perished while helping others escape the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Summit commends Abubakari for his vigilance and rapid response to the situation. His actions reflect the commitment to service excellence that Summit clients have come to expect from our officers.

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