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The Board of Commissioners of Cheltenham Township Honor
 
Posted on Thursday October 31, 2019
 
Scott P. Lynch was sworn in as Fire Marshal. Numerous police officers were recognized with commendations
 

The Board of Commissioners of Cheltenham Township Honor Police Officers for Heroism, Merit and Unit Citation
New Fire Marshal, Scott Lynch Sworn In

 At the October 23, 2019,  Cheltenham Township monthly Board of Commissioners meeting Scott P. Lynch was sworn in as Fire Marshal. Numerous police officers were recognized with commendations for merit and heroism and Cheltenham Township and Springfield Township police officers also received a unit a citation.

 Scott P. Lynch, a lifelong Cheltenham Township resident and former Fire Marshal at Whitemarsh Township was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth A. McHugh-Casey of Cheltenham Township.  Lynch’s Grandfather Owen "Murph' Adams was also the Township's Fire Marshal in the 1960s. Joseph O’Neill retires November 1, 2019 after 11 years of serving Cheltenham Township.

Lynch Swearing In Fire Marshal

 
 
  
 

S. Lynch BOC Group













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Photo 1: Scott P. Lynch being sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth A. McHugh-Casey with his wife, Genevieve, and daughter Caroline.

Photo 2 with the Board of Commissioners: Front Row from left to right: Daniel B. Norris, President; Ann L. Rappoport, Bryan T. Havir, Township Manager; Caroline Lynch, Genevieve, Lynch and Brad Pransky.
Back Row from left to Right:  Zygmund-Felt, Baron Holland, Scott Lynch, Irv Brockington and Drew Sharkey.


Police Officer Michael Davis, Officer Brian Hopkins and Officer Stewart Coyle were recognized with commendations for merit and heroism for an incident on July 27, 2019. County Radio received a 911 hang-up call, and upon calling back a male answered who refused to give his whereabouts, and stated he “did not want to be here anymore.”
 County Radio dispatched Cheltenham Police to the general area where the call originated because no exact location was known. The officers were successful in identifying the male caller, and talked to the male’s wife who informed them they were in the final stages of divorce. The wife also stated she believed her husband to be suicidal. Police learned the male had recently left a suicide note which was reported to a nearby police agency. Upon receiving a vehicle description the officers located the male sitting in a car parked in a busy, local shopping center. Officers approached the male and noticed the male was holding an open box cutter which he pointed at the officers. The officers de-escalated the situation but the male used the box cutter to slash his own throat which began to bleed profusely. A quick and critical decision was made to disarm the male to provide him medical assistance. Officers deployed a Taser just long enough to disarm the male and quickly pull him from the vehicle where life-saving first aid was administered until he was transported to a local emergency room. The male was later admitted for a mental health evaluation. Ultimately, the officers saved the male’s life and prevented possible injury or death to nearby citizens.

BOC 10_23 Police Heroism

Photo Above:  Fromleft to right: Board of Commissioner President Daniel B. Norris, Ofc. Stewart Coyle,  Ofc. Brian Hopkins, Commissioner Drew Sharkey and Police Chief Frye

Members of the Cheltenham and Springfield Township Police Departments received a Unit Citation and were commended for intelligent and faithful performance of duty, achieved through extraordinary teamwork in an investigation related to a shooting. The following Cheltenham Township police officers were commended: Sgt. John Barr, Detective Ronald Cupo, Stewart Coyle, Officer Brian Hopkins, Officer Kevin Smith, Officer Kyle Turner and Officer Brian Walsh. Sgt. Shawn Hart and Officer Chris Calhoun were recognized from Springfield Police Department.  Officer On January 31, 2019, on a day the temperature was below zero degrees Cheltenham Police were dispatched to Glenside for report of a shooting.  All officers on duty at the time responded to the priority call along with several members of the Springfield Township Police.Police radio advised responding officers that a shooting had just occurred and two men fled from a red SUV on foot.

 The intended target was not injured. Responding officers quickly located a male in the area and connected the male to the shooting. A second suspect was spotted nearby in an area that was cluttered with cars, covered in ice and snow. A plan was quickly developed and executed to secure the area and to search for this suspect, and as a result the second suspect was located and detained.  The officers scoured the area searching for evidence and firearm which was located and secured along with critical physical evidence.  Detectives later learned that the two males who committed this shooting were contracted to travel from Washington D.C. to Cheltenham with orders to murder the victim in this case.

Police Unit Citation 10_23 BOC

Photo Above: From left to right: Board of Commissioner President Daniel B. Norris, Ofc. Stewart Coyle,  Ofc. Brian Hopkins, Commissioner Drew Sharkey and Police Chief Frye

 
 
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