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Rochester Police Department Recognizes Citizens and Officers

November 29, 2017 05:41 PM

(ABC 6 News)—Some community members and Rochester Police Officers are being recognized.

Around 20 people were honored at the Rochester Police Award Ceremony highlighting good things happening in the community. One Rochester Police Officer, in particular, Officer James Ratelle, was presented a Department Life Saving Award.

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Officer Ratelle saved a man’s life after recognizing the driver most likely was suffering from a drug overdose and used Narcan. Within 30 seconds to a minute, the driver became responsive and admitted to using heroin.

"It's just part of our job, it's what we do. We don't do it for the recognition. We enjoy saving people's lives, it's a great part of the job that we do," said Officer Ratelle.

Two other officers also received an award for using Narcan to save a life.

A citizen of the community, who was unable to make it to the ceremony, was recognized for assisting an officer by blocking a suspect from driving away in a squad car with his own vehicle. The suspect hit the citizen’s car and drove away, but was later caught.

"We want to take the opportunity to comment on that. Anthony Street will receive a Citizen Award of Valor for doing so. We offer him our thanks on behalf of the department and the community," said Rochester Police Chief, Roger Peterson.

This award ceremony is also Chief Peterson’s last time presenting the awards. He will be retiring as Rochester Police Chief in April.

 


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