Monday, March 8, 2010

Leetonia police officer honored for saving woman’s life

POSTED: March 4, 2010

LEETONIA- The recent heroics of a village police officer were recognized at Village Council's meeting Wednesday night.
At the meeting, Police Chief John Soldano awarded Sgt. Rick Dattilio with a pin for valor for his actions in saving the life of a woman whose vehicle had become stranded on railroad tracks Sunday night.
"I know how stressful these situations are and due to your very heroic act, I feel you saved another's life," Soldano told Dattilio. "You should be commended for your quick actions and bravery."
Dattilio had been on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle turn onto the railroad tracks. After radioing to dispatch to stop all oncoming train traffic, he was able to get the driver, who was in a state of shock, from the vehicle and to safety moments before the vehicle was struck by a train.
"If it was not for your quick observation and fast actions, we may have been dealing with a tragic situation," Soldano stated.
In other news, Superintendent of Utilities Butch Donnalley reminded residents that property owners are required per village ordinance to clear off snow from sidewalks abutting their property, noting that children are still walking in the streets because the snow has yet to be cleared from several walkways.
Additionally, Council removed police officer Dan Deluca from probationary status, and granted permission for Shade Tree Commission Advisor Bill Merdich to attend the Foresters' Symposium on March 24 in Columbus at a cost of $30.
Council also welcomed back Councilman Dave Tingle, who had been absent the past several meetings due to illness.
A Parks Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at British Pastries.
A Coke Oven Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 11 at Village Hall.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 17 in council chambers at Village Hall.
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