The Easton Police Department held an awards ceremony on Monday to honor three police officers, two dispatchers and one civilian for their exemplary actions involving two different incidents. Most of those recognized were cited for their life saving attempts involving a three car crash near Bethel. One officer was honored for rescuing a man and his dog from an icy pond in December.
Dispatchers Tara Candee and Andrew Tisdale were issued a Chief’s Letter of Recognition for their actions and professionalism. On November 24, 2020 at 5pm the Easton Police Department began receiving numerous 911 calls reporting a serious motor vehicle accident on Route 59 and Judd Road. Both dispatchers were responsible for dispatching numerous Easton Police, Fire and EMS as well as handling mutual aid requests from surrounding communities.
As a result of this same incident Sergeant Arthur Belile and Police Officer Donald Kinahan were issued a Unit Citation for their life saving attempts under exceedingly difficult conditions. There were three cars involved in the accident where motorists were trapped in two different vehicles. Sgt. Belile and P.O. Kinahan removed one operator and performed emergency first aid in attempt to save an individual’s life.
A Civilian Award was also issued to Mr. Eric Willinger. The Newtown resident was passing by the scene moments after the accident. He began life saving measures to an individual who had suffered serious injuries. Willinger continued to assist once Easton Police arrived. Willinger was recognized for his selfless actions under dangerous conditions.
An Award of Merit was issued to Police Officer Anthony Telesco in recognition of his prompt action. On December 18, 2020, Telesco was on patrol in the area of Helen Keller Middle School. A citizen reported to him that his dog was having trouble exiting the partially frozen pond in front of H.K.M.S. He immediately called for the Easton Fire Department to respond. Prior to their arrival the citizen entered the water to attempt a rescue of his dog. The citizen quickly became overwhelmed by the cold water and began to show signs of distress. P.O. Telesco entered the water which rose to his chest. He, along with the assistance of the Easton Fire Department removed the citizen and his dog from the pond.