2 policemen honored for off-duty rescue

FARRELL, Pa. -- Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Commission has recognized two officers who came to the aid of a woman while they were off duty.
The commission decided Tuesday that the police department will award certificates to Sgt. Bill Hite and Patrolman Charles Rubano.
They heard a woman scream for help on 1700 block of Roemer Boulevard about 2:15 p.m. May 22. The officers, who live in the area, went to her assistance and restrained her 16-year-old son who was assaulting her, police said. The juvenile is in a detention facility and will face charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault on his mother and assault on a police officer. His mother was not seriously injured.
Mayor William Morocco of Farrell said the city may also issue a proclamation recognizing the police officers and arrange a free dinner for them.
Minority hiring: In other business, the commission will step up its efforts to hire more minorities for the police force. The department has only two minorities on its staff of 16 full-time and six part-time officers. Commission Chairman Jim DeCapua said a federal Minority Hiring Grant will be used to attract qualified minorities.
A test for people interested in becoming part-time officers is scheduled June 19. Police Chief Joseph Timko said only one minority is among the 12 applicants scheduled to take the test.

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