HARTVILLE  An episode of on-the-job bravery by two Hartville Police officers was formally awarded at the March 6 Village Council meeting.

Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt presented a commendation to officers Anthony Higgins and Paul Vesco, for helping save the life of Uniontown Police Sgt. David White, who was shot four times during a July 9, 2017 call. 

In the commendation, Britt said Higgins and Vesco’s actions made it possible for rescue personnel to arrive and the scene and perform life saving measures, "playing a critical role in the survival of ... Sgt. White."

"Officer Anthony Higgins and Officer Paul Vesco responded to an officer down call from the Uniontown Police Department," Britt said. "Sgt. White was shot several times and had taken cover behind his vehicle."

White was at the meeting, along with Hartville Police Chief Larry Dordea and several members of the Hartville department.

Britt went on to recount how Vesco and Higgins assisted in securing the suspect when they arrived at the scene, as well as searched the residence for any further threats.

"You set up a protective perimeter around the suspect and the home (and) protected a very large crime scene, preventing the suspect’s family from interfering," Britt said. "For your actions, you are awarded the Uniontown Police Department’s Commendation Award."

Other actions

Council members also approved a resolution to support a planned bicycle route through the village in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The resolution was passed as an emergency, to take effect immediately, on its first reading. At its last meeting Feb. 20, Council had approved a motion to draw up the legislation in support of the ODOT bike trail project.

The project calls for the development of Ohio’s first U.S. and state bike route network, including a section "along Duquette Avenue, south to State Route 619 … then onto William Penn Avenue," in Hartville, according to the resolution.  The ODOT, "Access Ohio 2014," intends to have five U.S. bike routes and 18 state bike routes, comparing the "combination of trails and on-road facilities" to the interstate and state highway systems.