Jackson Township couple receives award for helping a gunshot victim in September. The victim, Kevin Ciptak, said the couple saved his life.
A couple who aided a gunshot victim were recognized for their actions Monday.
Donna and William Allen were presented by trustees with an award for helping Kevin Ciptak. Ciptak, of Cuyahoga Falls, was shot at a tree farm in Jackson Township on Sept. 19. The Allens’ house is near the farm in the 8700 block of Strausser Street NW.
The shooter, Robert W. Petrone, also of Cuyahoga Falls, was sentenced in March to eight years in prison for the crime. A Stark County jury convicted him of felonious assault with a gun specification.
Ciptak, in a strained voice, attended the award presentation. He said the couple saved him, just as he had given “up hope.”
Lying there with multiple gunshot wounds, Ciptak said he was “talking to God,” then the Allens arrived.
He said William Allen called 911. Donna Allen kept pressure on his wounds. The couple stayed with him until paramedics arrived.
Ciptak also praised paramedics and police officers. “All of you guys are amazing people,” he told the couple and emergency personnel. “I can never thank you enough.”
Trustees said the Allens received the award “for their acts of heroism and bravery without regard to their own safety or well-being.”
Donna Allen said she and her husband did not expect an award, nor thought that it was necessary.
“I think anyone would’ve done what we did,” she said. “You don’t do things like this for an award. You do things like this because it’s the right thing to do.”
The Police Department recognized five officers and a citizen for their actions in 2010:
n Officer Andrew Kneffler received the Life Savings Award for rushing into an apartment complex fire March 30, 2010, and waking residents.
n Officer Dan Kunkel earned the Merit Award for his actions in saving a suicidal person.
n Sgt. Jim Monigold got the Commendation Award for developing several programs and instructing officers on radar use.
n Detective Jason Collins received the Chief’s Award for a his professionalism, particularly in crimes against children.
n Officer Josh Escola got the Officer of the Year Award for his highly praised work on patrol. He made more than 400 traffic stops without a single complaint.
n Jeff Bushman, head of the Massillon AAA, received the Citizens Award for his efforts to secure funding for a new command center for the department.
Police Chief David Zink said the police awards were “recently resurrected” after a hiatus for several years.