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Published on January 23, 2013

DCMH’s Alessi and McHale Recognized by Upper Darby Police Department

DREXEL HILL, Pa.The Upper Darby Police Department recently recognized Armand Alessi, director of Safety at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and Patrick McHale, security officer at DCMH, for their outstanding demonstrated level of citizenship. Alessi and McHale lent a hand in the identification and charging of a suspected burglar on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. With the teamwork of other officers involved, they helped solve not only this crime, but several other open cases. 

Armand Alessi, Patrick McHale, Recognized by Upper Darby Police Department

Armand Alessi, director of Security at DCMH, left, and
Patrick McHale, DCMH security officer, were recently
commended by the Upper Darby Police Department.

The Upper Darby Police were called to a home in Drexel Hill, where a report was made of two suspicious males knocking on the front door of a home. A witness claimed that after no one answered the door, the two men went to the back entrance of the home then fled the scene after the witness yelled. 

Coincidentally, the description of the two men matched a pair of males that Sergeant James Relief and Officer Stephen Cristinzio of the Upper Darby Police Department recalled seeing getting off a trolley at Lansdowne Avenue and Garrett Road earlier that day. Captain Anthony Paparo took charge in the search for the suspects involved. During this time, Alessi was monitoring the search via radio and observed two males that fit the description in the area of the hospital. Alessi then assigned McHale to watch the suspects while he contacted Paparo.   

The suspects were stopped near Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill. The 911 caller was brought to the scene and a positive identification was made on both men. The two suspects were wearing shoes with matching treads of the muddy prints left inside of the burglarized house. “In a situation like this, the lesson to be learned and a safety tip to keep in mind is that it is crucial to always be aware of your surroundings,” Alessi says. “Report anything. Even if it may seem minor, always go with your gut instinct. Ultimately, these two were caught because the neighbors on Anderson saw something that did not sit well with them.” 

“This collaboration of Law Enforcement agencies ensures public safety,” says Michael J. Chitwood, superintendent of Police for Upper Darby Township. 

“Since this incident, security has been even more observant of what is occurring or could potentially arise around the hospital grounds,” McHale adds. “We have also been even more in tune with what is happening inside the hospital. There is never a second thought. If it looks suspicious or out of place, we will handle it.” 

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