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Officers

                                                   Save Life


                                                 at Walmart





      On July 16, 2017, at approximately 12:18 p.m., officers of the Wytheville Police Department responded to the Walmart store,
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      located on North 4  Street, regarding a male subject that apparently was having a cardiac episode that required assistance. The
      Wythe County Rescue Squad had been contacted, but officers on patrol were closer and arrived at Walmart to offer assistance.
      Upon their arrival, Officers Jennifer Brewster and Blaine Grubb observed Jeremy Rooney being given CPR by Tracey and Jes-
      se Belcher and Shirley Puckett. Tracey and Shirley are registered nurses at Wythe County Community Hospital. Officers
      Grubb and Brewster immediately deployed the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) twice with a positive result. CPR was
      continued until the quick arrival of the rescue squad where they took over treatment of Mr. Rooney. He was transported to
      Wythe County Community Hospital Emergency Department for further treatment. He was immediately airlifted to Wake For-
      est Medical Center in North Carolina and was joined by his wife and two children.
                                       Mr. Rooney’s survival is directly related to the quick thinking and actions of nurses and
                                       citizens and the officers’ training and the availability of an AED. The AED used in this
                                       situation was purchased with a grant provided by the Wythe - Bland Foundation. Chief
                                       Rick Arnold stated, “We are fortunate to have the caliber of these two officers in our
                                       agency. They are representative of all the employees that we have within the Public Safe-
                                       ty Department. They have a strong commitment to the protection and safety of the com-
                                       munity they serve. They also strive to be trained in every aspect for services we provide.”
                                       Chief Arnold continued, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the individuals who
                                       assisted in bringing Mr. Rooney back to life so that he could be returned to his family. In
                                       this day and time, it is hard to find people who will do the right thing, but Wytheville and
                                       Wythe County have an abundance of people who do the right thing. On behalf of the
                                       Wytheville Police Department., we want thank Shirley Puckett, Jesse and Tracey Belcher
                                       for, not only their expertise in lifesaving, but their willingness to be involved and make a
                                       difference in someone’s life.”

                                       The Wytheville Police Department became involved in the AED program in February,
                                       2017. Through this program, the agency could outfit all public safety vehicles with an
                                       AED and all employees, regardless of rank or position, were trained in the use of the
                                       equipment. This program was accomplished in large part because of the generosity of the
                                       Wythe - Bland Foundation, who are committed to the health and welfare of the citizens
                                       of Town of Wytheville, Wythe County and Bland County. “We are fortunate to have an
                                       organization like the Wythe - Bland Foundation providing the service they do to this
                                       community,” stated Chief Arnold.


                                                                                  On September 01, 2017, Sergeant John
                                                                                  S. Humphrey of the Wytheville Police
                                                                                  Department announced his “End of
                                                                                  Watch” and retired from police work.
                                                                                  John began his career in law enforce-
                                                                                  ment in 1987 when he was hired as a
                                                                                  Patrol Officer with the Pulaski Police
                                                                                  Department.  In 1994 John joined the
                                                                                  Wytheville Police Department as a Pa-
                                                                                  trol Officer.  In 2011, John was pro-
                                                                                  moted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant
                                                                                  where he supervised the midnight shift
                                                                                  for 6 years.  John will retire after serv-
                                                                                  ing the Pulaski and Wytheville com-
                                                                                  munities approximately 30 years as a
                                                                                  Police Officer. The Town of Wythe-
          WPD Sergeant John S. Humphrey Retires                                   ville and the Wytheville Department of
                                                                                  Public Safety wish Sergeant John
                                                                                  Humphrey the best in his future.
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