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Cortland honors those who helped officer during heart attack

Cortland honors those who helped officer during heart attack

CORTLAND — Civilians and first responders who helped save the life of Cortland police officer Nicholas Mancini when he suffered a heart attack on duty and crashed his police cruiser Sept. 7 were honored with a proclamation by city council.

“With sincere appreciation, I thank you very much. It took an army to save one of our best,” Mayor James Woofter said.

Civilians Mark Carnes, James Betts, Caitlin Braun, Kelly Brown and Chris Barrickman were honored Monday for immediately stopping to help Mancini.

“The quick thinking of James Betts to use the police radio to call for help, Caitlin Braun’s 911 call and Mark Carnes, who performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, were instrumental in saving officer Mancini’s life,” Woofter read.

Also thanked were Cortland officers Paul O’Connor and Tiffany Wolfe, Cortland Fire Department paramedics Daniel Jaros, Steve Mauch, Pat Dales and EMT Dean Stanley, Bazetta Township fire paramedics William Steiner, Brian Schotsch, Bradley Hall and Aaron Hanson, and Trumbull County 911 dispatchers Tiffany Alberini, Maggie Powell, Ted Harrell and Dale Hahne.

Woofter gave each person who was present a copy of the proclamation.

In other business, council:

• Approved updates to the codified ordinances of the city traffic and general offenses codes;

• Had a second reading for a federal and local project agreement to make Cortland the lead agency for the administering of the Mecca Street resurfacing project;

• Had a second reading for an agreement with GPD Group for engineering and design services for the Mecca Street resurfacing and intersection improvement project, not to exceed $109,206, with the city responsible for $21,841. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments will cover 80 percent of the cost;

• Announced that fall cleanup is Thursday and Friday and the last brush chipping of the year will be the week of Oct. 28. Woofter reminded residents to put fall cleanup items out with their regular garbage and to have brush on the curb by Oct. 27;

• Reminded residents trick or treat is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31;

• Heard from Woofter that the city is in agreement with moves from local leadership and the Eastgate Council of Regional Governments to withdraw participation from the Trumbull County Transit Board transit program in favor of regionalized transit through the Western Reserve Transit Authority.

avugrincic@tribtoday.com

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