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Lewisboro Police Officer Ritchey Honored For Heroism

Lewisboro Police Officer Tom Ritchey saved a man's life.
Lewisboro Police Officer Tom Ritchey saved a man's life. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Lewisboro Police Officer Tom Ritchey was officially commended at the Monday, May 20, meeting of the Lewisboro Town Board for his swift response to an emergency situation on Sunday, April 28.

The recipient of Ritchey’s quick-thinking actions honored him by writing the following letter to Lewisboro Supervisor Peter Parsons and the Town Board:

Dear Peter and Members of the Town Board,

Every time I have ever met a Lewisboro police officer, fireman, EMT, first responder, or similar volunteer I have always been impressed with their professionalism and their devotion to serving our community.

On April 28, 2013, Tom Ritchey, while on patrol as a Lewisboro police officer saved my life. In fact, I have no memory of meeting Tom at that time.

Upon returning home from the hospital, I met Tom. He told me he was just doing his job, and he was happy to see me. You would expect that from this humble and consummate professional. I also learned that Tom serves our community in the Vista Fire Department and is an EMT. We are blessed to have such an individual in Lewisboro. He is the best of the best.

I am so fortunate he was there when he was. I, and my family, are at a loss for words beyond “Thank you forever” for what Tom did for me.

I write to you to recognize and thank Tom. I compliment our town for providing life saving equipment with our police vehicles, and training our responders so well.

I am so grateful for Tom Ritchey. He is my hero. Forever.

Yours truly,

Bob Goett

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