YSU graduates receive Heartsaver Hero Awards

March 31, 2014  |  
Timothy Edwards, left, and Anthony Pilolli received the Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association during a news conference in Cushwa Hall. To the right is Ed Villone, coordinator of the YSU Peace Officer Training Academy.

Timothy Edwards, left, and Anthony Pilolli received the Heartsaver Hero Award from the American Heart Association during a news conference in Cushwa Hall. To the right is Ed Villone, coordinator of the YSU Peace Officer Training Academy.

Two graduates of Youngstown State University’s Peace Officer Training Academy have been awarded the Heartsaver Hero Award by the American Heart Association.

Timothy Edwards, who earned a police officer training certificate from YSU in December 2013 and is now a patrolman with the Youngstown Police Department, received the award for helping to save the life of an 8-month-old baby. Anthony Pilolli, who earned a police officer training certificate from YSU in May 2012 and is now a medic with Lane Ambulance and an officer with Goshen Township Police, received the award for helping to revive a man who collapsed.

“Congratulations to Tim and Anthony for their quick actions to help save the lives of these two individuals,” said Ed Villone, coordinator of YSU’s police academy. “They are both outstanding young men and fantastic representatives of their departments, YSU and the entire Mahoning Valley.”

Edwards, a native of Austintown who served in a Marine infantry unit in Afghanistan, was on his third day on the job on Feb. 2 when he responded to a call of a baby not breathing at a home on Youngstown’s South Side. When police and paramedics arrived, the baby was on her back and not breathing. Edwards immediately began doing chest compressions. Paramedics were later able to stabilize the child and take her to the hospital.

Pilolli was off duty at Planet Fitness in January when a man collapsed and hit his head on the ground after apparently suffering cardiac arrest. After administering CPR and using an automated external defibrillator, the man started breathing on his own. Boardman Township Trustees recognized Pilolli last month as a Good Samaritan.