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It was Aug. 15, and Pannone was responding to a domestic disturbance on the west side of Lancaster.
According to the teenage girl who phoned it in, a mother was choking her 13-year-old son. By the time Pannone arrived, it was over.
“I looked through the window, and I could see the child sitting on the couch in the living room with his head back. He appeared limp,” Pannone recalled Tuesday.
“The mom was sitting on the couch next to him, shaking him,” he said. “She was yelling, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’ She was hysterical.”
It’s what happened next that stands out in the story.
It’s also why Pannone is one among 22 officers recognized Tuesday by Lancaster city police during a twice-annual commendation ceremony at the Ware Center.
“I took his arm. He wasn’t breathing, his eyes were rolled back in his head,” said Pannone, who has spent nearly 12 years on the force. “I took him off the couch, put him on the floor and tilted his head back to clear his airway.”
Pannone was about to begin emergency breathing, he said, but the boy “started gasping for air, very faintly.”
So he started massaging the boy’s sternum and kept his airway clear. He also called for EMS.
“His breathing improved slowly,” he said. “It took him about a minute. When he came around, he couldn’t speak. His voice was really hoarse.”
Medics took over and took the boy to Lancaster General for treatment. He made a full recovery, Pannone said.
The mother was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
“Thankfully, everything turned out OK,” Pannone said. “He definitely needed his airway opened. I don’t know if he would have survived. He was out cold, totally limp and not breathing.”
The officer credits his training, which kicked in when he saw the boy in peril.
“There are very few things that bother you on this job,” he said. “But one thing that bothers all of us, I think, is when a child is involved. Especially when you have a child of your own — you take that home with you.”
Thats why i have hard time to find respect to even them good cops, many of them if not all of em knows the bad and corrupted ones and the corruption on the system yet they keep quiet.
originally posted by: olaru12
a reply to: sarra1833
When the good LEOs stop protecting the brutal and corrupt members of the department, then they will deserve respect.
The blue code of silence must end.
and internal affairs investigations that cover up police brutality and corruption. LEO misconduct needs to be addressed by a citizens review panel.
originally posted by: sarra1833
a reply to: romilo
of course not. I'm sure the Posse Commitatus thing on here is far bigger than my wee thread here. That's where all the evil cop things are posted
I just like looking at the positive happy side of life instead of constant downer after downer, so, this thread was born.