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Posted on: November 14, 2016

WCU Student Receives CCATO President's Award for Tackling Opioid Overdoses

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Ethan Healey of West Chester received the first Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) President’s Award for Meritorious Service  at the organization’s Fall Conference on Thursday, November 10th at the Mendenhall Inn, Mendenhall, PA.


The CCATO award goes to an individual who or an organization that performs an outstanding service for the residents of Chester County.  Mr. Healey, age 20, is the Project Manager for the Narcan program and Law Enforcement Liaison at Good Fellowship Ambulance and EMS Training Institute.  In that role, Healey worked to make Narcan available to every police vehicle in the county as well as training officers in the administration of the anti-opioid overdose medication.  He also worked with legislators to make Narcan generally available without prescription and assure that individuals administering Narcan are protected by Good Samaritan laws.  


“Ethan’s determination to make Narcan available throughout Chester County has resulted in more than 80 cases since January 2015 where the administration of Narcan has reversed the effect of a potentially deadly opioid overdose,” said Ernie Holling, President of CCATO.   “His focus is now on educating and deploying Narcan in schools throughout the county, to increase awareness, and potentially to save even more lives.


“His hard work and commitment makes him a very worth recipient of this first CCATO President’s Award.”


Mr. Healey is a student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Telecommunications Officer with the West Goshen Police Department, and member of the Board of Directors at Good Fellowship. He achieved certification as a Pennsylvania State Emergency Medical Technician Instructor in 2014 following certification as an EMT when he was 16.


Additionally, providing certificates of Special Recognition for Mr. Healey’s contributions to the people of Chester County were:

  • Senator Pat Toomey on behalf of the United States Senate
  • Representative Ryan Costello on behalf of the United States House of Representatives
  • State Senator Andy Dinniman on behalf of the Pennsylvania Senate
  • State Representative Dan Truitt on behalf of the Pennsylvania General Assembly 
  • Director Robert Kagel on behalf of the Chester County Commissioners

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