Several Paradise Valley Police Department employees — civilian and uniformed — were given a public shout out for stellar work by town officials.
In Town Manager Jill Keimach’s Aug. 13 emailed newsletter, which provides updates and information about all things Paradise Valley, several employees were recognized for their “compassionate care” on the job.
Officer Amy McGhee was highlighted for getting care to a man who was overheated in the area of 56th Street and Mountainview Road.
“Amy’s professionalism, patience, compassion and tenacity likely saved this patient from falling further into distress and possibly causing irreparable damage to the health and wellbeing,” the newsletter stated. “We are proud of our officers like McGhee that are both patient and caring in their efforts to provide the care that this man needed and deserved.”
Others — officers Jim Gibson, Michael Unger, Cpl. Robby Clement and Sgt. Mike Horn — were thanked by a family during a reported suicide attempt call.
“Everyone came together quickly to locate the individual. Although the family initially expressed skepticism of the police, they thanked PVPD several times for the quick response, quickly locating the family member and getting him the help he needed,” the newsletter stated.
Another positive report came to Police Chief Peter Wingert from the family member of a You Are Not Alone participant, who wanted to thank officers Gibson, Jim Bach and Steve Ridgely.
According to the newsletter, the officers ensured the 85-year-old Paradise Valley resident is safe and were able to assist him with getting his air conditioning and phone in working order after a recent storm.
The family, who isn’t local, reportedly emailed Chief Wingert, adding “...knowing he is OK and that your officers were able to help him gives us peace of mind.”
Cpl. Garrity wrote for the same call, that Officer Bach went “above and beyond” in assisting a YANA member by contacting Centurylink and assuring they could expedite service to get the subject’s land-line restored.
A fourth example of compassionate care took place on July 28 at the police department when a frantic mother brought her two young children and dog into the station lobby seeking help.
In total, six employees took care of the mother, children and dog until a CRISIS team responded to the station. Their assistance included a fresh diaper, food, coloring books and getting the family needed assistance.
The officers thanked for their work are, Officers Aragon, Chavira, Fisk, Toporek, and employees Andrea Ford and Nicole Barrows.
“Once again, the PD team showed a great level of empathy to a family in crisis; your professionalism and caring attitude were on full display,” Keimach’s newsletter stated.