Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Front Page

Security supervisor suffers medical emergency, dies

Fourth of July
by AMY ROBB Editor

The supervisor of a private security detail hired to work the beer tent at the Village of Lancaster’s Independence Day events suffered a medical emergency while delivering paperwork Monday evening, according to Dawn Gaczewski, events coordinator for the Village of Lancaster and councilwoman for the town.

The supervisor was transported to St. Joseph Campus of Sisters Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to Carrie Sette-Camara, the hospital’s public relations manager.

The medical emergency was not related in any way to an incident that happened in the beer tent earlier that day, according to Gaczewski, Lancaster Village Mayor Bill Schroeder and Capt. Marco Laurienzo of the Lancaster Police Department. A security guard was reportedly punched in the face in that incident, and a man was charged with harassment.

“He had come by to give me a change of schedule for the next day,” Gaczewski said of the security supervisor. “That’s the only reason he was up there. He was just giving me a piece of paper, which was a change in the schedule for the next day in security.

“It had nothing to do with the event at all. As a matter of fact, he could have had [the medical emergency] in the car on the way to visiting me with the new schedule for the next day, and it just happened later than sooner.”

“They were unrelated,” added Laurienzo, of the reported fight and the supervisor’s medical emergency.

The Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps was stationed at a nearby building for the event and they were able to get the victim into the beer tent with the help of Lancaster police.

“When that incident occurred earlier, they were there to handle that incident, and then when [the supervisor] fell in the beer tent, LVAC was right there, and the Lancaster Police Department helped out with crowd control and made sure LVAC had proper space to get through and make sure they could attend to the patient properly,” said Gaczewski.

“It was a sad incident that occurred, a tragedy that occurred.”

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