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Two police officers receive community service award

NEWTON, NC (Dec. 11, 2013) – The Newton Police Department on Tuesday recognized two officers at the Newton City Council meeting for their life saving efforts during a recent emergency call. Police Chief Don Brown presented Master Officers Mark Hopkins and Kyle Jenks with the Life Saving Medal award.

Catawba County Emergency Medical Services Paramedic William Butler gave an account of the incident to the Newton City Council. Catawba County EMS received the call and when EMS responders arrived on the scene, Hopkins and Jenkins were performing CPR on a man.

Butler said due to the officers’ immediate actions, paramedics were able to resuscitate the man. The patient passed away a few days later, but the officers’ efforts gave his family time to say their good byes, Butler said.

Brown stated, “We are asked and expected to do jobs that go beyond your typical job description, we train continuously so that when faced with a situation our responses are second nature. That is what happened when these two officers were called that night. Their training took over.”

The City of Newton is proud to recognize Master Officers Hopkins and Jenks for their commitment to serving the community.

MO Mark Hopkins award

Newton Police Chief Don Brown, right, presents Master Officer Mark Hopkins, left, with the Life Saving Medal award.

MO Kyle Jenks award

Newton Police Chief Don Brown, right, presents Master Officer Kyle Jenks, left, with the Life Saving Medal award.