You may recall the recent shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus in July. A man named Richard Plotts entered the Wellness Center where he shot and killed Theresa Hunt. Plotts then attempted to shoot psychiatrist Dr. Lee Silverman. In contravention of hospital policy, Dr. Silverman kept a gun in his office, which he used to defend himself against Plotts’ homicidal attack. Despite being shot in the thumb and the head (graze wound), Dr. Silverman prevailed. He wounded Plotts, who had more than enough ammo to continue his killing spree. The gunfight was over before any security or police made the scene. But that didn’t stop the local Mayor from celebrating the “first responders” response . . .
Yeadon Mayor Rohan Hepkins described the emergency response to the fatal shooting on the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital campus in July as surreal, life-changing and life-alternating.
“We came together,” Hepkins said. “It brought tears to my eyes.”
Delaware County Council and District Attorney Jack Whelan recognized the response provided by more than three dozen police officers, emergency personnel and hospital staffers. They were presented resolutions honoring their actions Wednesday at the county council meeting . . .
Fourteen police officers, including Yeadon Chief Donald J. Molineux, Darby Chief Robert F. Smythe and East Lansdowne Chief John J. Zimath, were honored for their response. Twelve members of Mercy EMS were recognized, including Chief Larry Smythe. Another 12 hospital officials, Darby Mayor Helen Thomas and Hepkins were presented resolutions.
“The emergency response was unbelievable to get there and to secure the scene,” county council Chairman Tom McGarrigle said. “You know what happened after the event, but at that point, those first responders don’t know whether there’s another shooter in the building. … For them to rush into a building where shots were fired was pretty was courageous.”
Don’t get me wrong. The Council recognized Dr. Silverman’s bravery (the Doc was there but didn’t speak). But the police response to the Mercy Hospital shooting was a case of cops and other emergency workers “just doing their job.” I’m glad they did it well. They deserve to be recognized for their planning, coordination and actions. But c’mon. They may have thought they were in harm’s way, and for good reason, but they weren’t.
Dr. Silverman’s the hero of this incident. Period. [h/t JG]