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Massachusetts school resource officer nationally recognized for saving life of student



From left: Principal Nicole Bottomley, Assistant Principal Kip Lewis, School Nurse Tara Esposito, School Resource Officer Todd Schwalbe and Custodian Tom Lawler who were recognized by the King Philip School Committee on Jan. 22. (Photo courtesy King Philip Regional School District)

WRENTHAM — Superintendent Dr. Rich Drolet and Principal Nicole Bottomley are pleased to recognize School Resource Officer Todd Schwalbe for his exemplary service.

On January 4th, SRO Schwalbe helped a King Philip Regional High School student experiencing a medical emergency and used his training to provide lifesaving aid to the student until paramedics arrived and could further assist.

In recognition of his response, Officer Schwalbe, who has been the Wrentham SRO at KPRHS for 5-and-a-half years, was named School Resource Officer of the Month last week by the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Officer Schwalbe was further recognized for his actions during the King Philip School Committee meeting on Jan. 22. He was commended for handling a difficult medical situation with leadership, care and support.

“We are incredibly grateful for Officer Schwalbe’s quick response, professionalism and calm demeanor during a tense and scary situation,” Principal Bottomley said. “We are happy to recognize him locally and to see him honored nationally for his actions.”

“Officer Schwalbe is a valued member of our school community, and we appreciate everything he does to connect with and support our students,” Superintendent Drolet said. “Our district is fortunate to benefit from public safety partnerships that help us to provide a safe and secure learning environment.”

Dr. Drolet and the King Philip School Committee also recognized Custodians Tom Lawler and Steve Cline, School Nurse Tara Esposito, Assistant Principal Kip Lewis and Counselor Stephanie Doucett for their assistance and support on January 4th.

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