Chief David Newlan introduced the ‘Citizen Commendable Action Coin’ wanting to recognize citizens that go above and beyond. The recipient is presented with the coin along with a card explaining the following:

Thank You For Your Commendable Action. On behalf of the Cape Coral Police Department, please accept this Challenge Coin in appreciation of your positive actions that make this community GREAT!

The Citizen Commendable Action Challenge Coin is given by an Officer of the Cape Coral Police Department to a civilian that performs an extraordinary act(s) or in the recognition of exemplary behavior.

On Friday May 10, 2019 just before 10:00 am a male student at Oasis Middle School had a seizure in Mrs. Hattemer’s class.  School Principal Donnie Hopper alerted me about the incident and through great teamwork we were able to help the student receive care until EMS arrived.  A student named Jake Castillo was sitting in Mrs. Hattemer’s class and noticed the boy next to him was acting “strange”.  He initially thought the boy was joking around but quickly noticed the boy start to shake and drool from his mouth.  Jake shouted to Mrs. Hattemer that he thinks the boy was having a seizure.  Jake and his classmates helped clear an area on the floor so that the boy would not hurt himself.

I believe that because of Jake’s quick actions and alerting his teacher about the incident helped the school personnel and myself to alert EMS in a timely manner so the boy could get the medical care he needed.  Jake’s positive action in this manner has led me to giving him the Citizen Commendable Action Coin.” ~ School Resource Officer Coby Palmer 


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