City Council hails police for act of heroism

Rabbit problem, sidewalks addressed on Oct. 25 agenda


November 2, 2022

Benny Westcott

In addition to its Tuesday, Oct. 25, agenda, the Sweet Home City Council heard a story of life-saving heroism involving the staff of the Sweet Home Police Department.

It all happened Wednesday, Oct. 12, when Communications Commander Penny Leland's heart stopped.

"I was sitting in my office, and I heard one of my dispatchers yell for Sgt. Ryan Cummings," Interim Police Chief Jason Ogden recalled. "So I go running up to the dispatch area, and I look into Penny's office. She's down on the ground and unresponsive."

At that point, he continued, Cummings and Officer Geoff Hamlin began attendin...

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