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Cape May County Sheriff’s Officers Lauded for Life-Saving Actions

first_imgCape May County Sheriff Bob Nolan, center, is joined by members of the Sheriff’s Office during the awards ceremony. (Photos courtesy of Cape May County Sheriff’s Office)  By Tim Kelly Sheriff’s Officer Robert Saunders knew something wasn’t right.Tasked with monitoring a holding room in Cape May County’s drug court recently, Saunders observed one of the male inmates didn’t appear to be functioning normally.“This is a mundane – but critical – chore to keep an eye on the inmates,” County Sheriff Bob Nolan said. “Officer Saunders had other things on his plate, and was also charged with looking after these people. He did exactly what he was supposed to do in that situation.”Saunders, a resident of the Villas section of Lower Township, immediately contacted Sheriff’s Officer Andrew Raniszewski, who was stationed nearby. Raniszewski rushed into the holding area to attend to the stricken inmate and found him to be unresponsive.“Earlier, as is routine in drug court, the inmate submitted to a screening and was found to be not clean,” Nolan said. “Officer Raniszewski is experienced not only as an officer, but as an emergency medical technician. He correctly assessed the inmate was the victim of an overdose (of heroin or other opioid).”Sheriff’s Officer Robert Saunders, left, accepts his award from Sheriff Bob Nolan.Raniszewski, who lives in Wildwood, immediately administered Narcan, an antidote for overdoses of heroin or other opioids. The man’s eyes opened briefly, but he then lapsed back into a state of unresponsiveness. At that point, Raniszewski made a life-saving decision. “He administered a second dose,” Nolan related. “That brought the inmate all the way back (to consciousness).”As a result of their actions, both Saunders and Raniszewski were awarded the Sheriff’s Lifesaving Medal at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday. “I have no doubt Officer Saunders and Officer Raniszewski shared equally in saving this man’s life,” said Nolan. “It was clear to me that if Officer Saunders hadn’t noticed something was wrong, or if Officer Raniszewski hadn’t responded immediately and with great medical decisions, that gentleman would not have survived the incident.”Sheriff’s Officer Andrew Raniszewski, left, receives his award from Sheriff Bob Nolan.It was gratifying to see the officers’ training pay off in such a manner, said Antwan McClellan, Director of Personnel and Confidential Assistant to Nolan.“These officers go through six months of rigorous training to react appropriately in real-life emergencies,” McClellan said. “(Saunders and Raniszewski) did exactly what they were trained to do, and their actions averted a tragedy.” Also honored at the ceremony was Sheriff’s Officer Andrew Garcia, a Sea Isle City resident, who took the award for highest academic performance during his training. “It was a back-to-back honor for Officer Garcia. Six months before, he was given the top academic performance recognition among trainees in the Corrections Department,” said McClellan, an Ocean City resident who in addition to his work for the Sheriff’s Office is a councilman in Ocean City.Garcia had initially been hired as a Corrections officer under the Sheriff’s Department, and had also applied for a position as a Sheriff’s Officer. The Civil Service list for the job and hiring process landed him in a position to garner both academic honors within a six-month period.“We’re extremely proud of these officers for the job they do every day,” said Nolan, “and sometimes their duties place them in a position to do something extraordinary.”Sheriff’s Officer Andrew Garcia, left, a resident of Sea Isle City, receives his award from Sheriff Bob Nolan for academic excellence.last_img read more


Jose Peraza sparks Dodgers past Cubs for 5th win in row

first_imgLatos failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the third time in four starts with the Dodgers. Johnson loaded the bases in the eighth inning, aided by two hit batters, but got the timely 6-4-3 double play when it mattered.Peraza’s RBI double changed the complexion of the game.Andre Ethier followed with a two-run single up the middle for a 4-2 lead, then Adrian Gonzalez smoked an RBI single to left field for a 5-2 lead.Ultimately the Dodgers’ four-run seventh inning took Latos off the hook and delighted the crowd of 51,697, which pushed the Dodgers over the 3 million mark for the fourth straight season, for the 19th time in the last 20 years and for the 29th time overall.In his first start since Aug. 13, Latos failed to make it out of the fifth inning, with an inflated pitch count and an inability to consistently finish off batters.The Dodgers tried to take advantage of three off-days in an eight-day period by skipping Latos’ turn in the rotation and shipping him off to Camelback Ranch in Arizona for a simulated game, hoping he would come back a different pitcher.On Saturday, it looked like the same old Latos, who said he did not benefit from the team-imposed break.“Not at all,” Latos said defiantly.Latos said it was tough to find a rhythm after breaking his routine, but felt there were some positives from Saturday’s short start.“It’s pretty tough, not throwing for seven or eight days, then having to go down to rookie ball and go through the motions,” Latos said. “It’s tough to build off something like that. But tonight I felt everything was better. My fastballs were down, so you take the positives.”VIDEO: Dodgers pitcher Mat LatosLatos allowed two runs with four hits and five strikeouts, but also had three walks. He had walked opposing pitcher Jon Lester (who was 1 for 45 at the plate) and balked in the tiebreaking run in the fifth inning that put the Dodgers in a hole.Mattingly said before the game he expects Latos to be able to take the mound every fifth day for the rest of the season and reiterated postgame that the rotation “is set.”Latos (0-3, 6.53 ERA), left-hander Alex Wood (2-2, 4.35 ERA), Johnson (0-2, 16.46 ERA) and reliever Luis Avilan (0-0, 5.14 ERA) have struggled since arriving in L.A., though Wood has shown flashes.Somewhere, Mike Bolsinger is laughing.Though credit Avilan, who retired all four batters he faced in relief on Saturday.Also credit Peraza, who sparked both scoring innings for the Dodgers.In the third inning, Peraza singled, was sacrificed to second, stole third on the maddeningly deliberate Lester and scored on Kike Hernandez’s infield single to tie the game at 1-1.Peraza had two stolen bases, leading an astounding four stolen bases by the usually inactive Dodgers.“I’m just playing relaxed, and thankfully things turned out great,” Peraza said in Spanish, admitting he felt slighted by being traded by the Braves. “I was a little sad (about the trade) because that’s where I started my career, but thank God I am here and things are going well. I am grateful for the opportunity from the manager.”Lester had taken a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh inning, but wound up allowing five runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts no walks.The much-maligned Dodgers bullpen also threw 4.3 scoreless innings of relief, with Kenley Jansen coming into the ninth to nail down his 27th save in 29 chances.NotesMattingly said Chase Utley took infield practice at third base for the second consecutive day. … Mattingly also said there is nothing physically wrong with reliever Pedro Baez, who has not been in a game since Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Oakland. Mattingly said the reduced work is a result of changing roles for Baez, now considered the long reliever. … Third baseman Justin Turner made a nice diving catch on Lester’s popped bunt in the fifth inning. The three-team, eight-player trade pulled off by the Dodgers at the Major League Baseball trading deadline was supposed to bolster its starting rotation and bullpen.So far, the results have been mixed at best.However, there was an underrated aspect to that trade that often gets overlooked: the acquisition of top infield prospect Jose Peraza.Getting his second cup of coffee with the team due to Yasiel Puig’s hamstring injury, Peraza started at second base and launched a tying RBI double in the seventh inning to spark the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs for the team’s fifth straight victory while pushing their National League West lead to 3 1/2 games over the Giants. Peraza also helped manufacture the Dodgers’ first run with his speed and turned a nice double play to allow L.A. to escape a bases-loaded threat in the eighth inning. He had his first Major League RBI and first multi-hit game.VIDEO: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on rookie Jose Peraza“He’s an interesting guy,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He runs really well. Davey (Lopes) has been with him since last time he was here and felt he had really good instincts. “He gives us some speed and he puts the ball in play. That’s what we were able to see tonight. With two strikes, he’s able to put the ball in the gap. If you put it in play, you have a chance.”Peraza’s heroics helped overshadow subpar efforts by struggling starter Mat Latos and reliever Jim Johnson — both acquired in that trade.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more