LAKE LUZERNE — The school resource officer at Hadley-Luzerne high school was being praised this week for saving the life of a school employee who was choking on food.
Warren County sheriff’s Officer Mort Keane performed the Heimlich maneuver on Brandon Allen, a school monitor/security officer, when Allen choked on food on Wednesday.
Hadley-Luzerne school Superintendent Beecher Baker said Keane was notified of the situation, and the officer quickly took action to clear Allen’s airway.
“Officer Keane just took it upon himself, he had the training and just did it. It was something to see,” Baker said. “We’re very lucky to have him.”
Keane is a former New York City police officer who has worked for the Bolton Police Department and was one of the first school resource officers hired by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Hadley-Luzerne was the first school district to sign on for the program. Officers started in the schools this year.
Sheriff Bud York said the program has been working well, with the Sheriff’s Office getting positive feedback on the officers and what their presence has brought.
“The schools love it,” York said. “So far it’s been all good.”
Baker said Keane has fit right in at the district. The district has a second resource officer, former Glens Falls Police Sgt. Chris Eggleston, working in its buildings as well.
“These guys are paying for themselves already,” Baker said. “I can’t say enough good things about them.”
Only two school districts in the county did not sign on for the program so far, according to the Sheriff’s Office. One, Warrensburg Central School, has put aside the money for an officer in its budget, and has had discussions with the Sheriff’s Office.