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UCPD Officers Recognized for Lifesaving Work and Excellence in Criminal Investigations

UCPD presented five officers with a Life-Saving Award for their efforts during a cardiac arrest incident earlier this month.

Date: 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Kelly Cantwell
Phone: (513) 556-8304

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UCPD officers pose after the recognition ceremony.
Four UCPD Officers and Sheriff's Deputy Dan Kissing were recognized for their efforts in saving the life of a construction worker earlier this month.

On March 1, University of Cincinnati Police Division K-9 Officer Lance Long and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Kissing were training near Nippert Stadium when Deputy Kissing noticed that a construction worker was in medical distress.

Officer Long and Deputy Kissing began to render aid while UCPD Officers Robert Doherty, Andrew Mueller and Alan Van Pelt arrived to assist. The officers recognized that the worker needed life saving measures, and began administering CPR as they prepared to use Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

It took several minutes of CPR and two shocks from the AED, but the worker regained consciousness and was transported to UC Medical Center, where doctors praised the exceptional work done by the officers involved, saying the construction worker’s survival was “nothing short of a miracle.”

The five officers involved were recognized during a ceremony on March 14, where they were presented with commendations and a Life-Saving Award.

Also during the ceremony, Lieutenant David Brinker and Sergeant Jennifer McMahon were recognized for their work in arresting and convicting a suspect who cyber-stalked a UC student over a period of years.

Lieutenant David Brinker and Sergeant Jennifer McMahon pose with their awards.
Lieutenant David Brinker and Sergeant Jennifer McMahon were recognized for their excellent work on a stalking investigation.

Lieutenant Brinker and Sergeant McMahon, who was a detective during the investigation,worked with the FBI, the United States Attorney General’s Office and the New York City Police Department during this investigation. The suspect used the dark web, as well as a series of aliases and ruses, to stalk the student, causing her anxiety, fear and significant disruption in her life.

Lieutenant Brinker and Sergeant McMahon were relentless in pursuing this investigation, eventually gathering sufficient evidence to arrest the suspect in August 2017. The suspect was extradited to Cincinnati, and pled guilty to a series of federal offenses.

Lieutenant Brinker and Sergeant McMahon were presented with an Investigative Award in recognition of their dedication and hard work.