|Fire Safety Commendation Medal
The above photograph shows Deputy Chief Harold Schapelhouman (left) of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District during his professional
volunteering effort at New Orleans, Louisiana after the Katrina Hurricane disaster. His presentation at the Chapter Meeting of May 20, 2006 about
the Katrina disaster described the difficult working conditions his group encountered as they went from house to house in New Orleans searching
for survivors and the dead. Deputy Chief Harold Schapelhouman received the NSSAR Fire Safety Commendation Medal and Certificate from
Compatriot Charles A. Smart, SVSAR President, for his faithful service at the Chapter Meeting of May 20, 2006.
Deputy Chief Harold Schapelhouman is a 25 year veteran firefighter with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. He is currently assigned to Fire
Station 1, as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Fire District.
Harold was the Task Force Leader in charge of California Task Force 3, one of the eight California Urban Search and Rescue Teams, and one of
the 28 Federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS/FEMA) Teams. He was involved with the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1992 Hurricane
Iniki which struck Hawaii, 1994 Northridge Earthquake which struck Los Angeles, the 1995 Oklahoma City Terrorist Bombing, the 1997 and 1998
California Floods, the 1999 Chi Chi Earthquake in Taiwan, the 2001 World Trade Center Terrorist Attack, 2002 Winter Olympics preparedness
efforts in Salt Lake City, recovery of the Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts 2003, 2004 Republican National Convention Security Detail,
Hurricanes Charlie, Frances and Ivan, and most recently Hurricane Katrina with response to New Orleans for Water Rescue.
Harold Chairs the California State FIRESCOPE US&R Working Group, as well as the State’s US&R Training Working Group. He is a past
member FEMA’s National Training Working Group as well as the Public Affairs Working Group and served as the Western Regional Coordinator
for the National Task Force Leaders from 1999 - 2004. He serves as a Technical US&R Specialist in the Federal US&R Incident Response System
on the Blue Team.
Harold is a certified California State Rescue Instructor. Each year hundreds of individuals from throughout the United States and other countries
are taught at the Fire Districts specialized Structural Collapse Training Center where he serves as the lead instructor and program coordinator. In
addition, he is also an Instructor with the College of San Mateo where he teaches Fire Technology.
Harold has held the positions of Firefighter, Dispatcher, Engineer, Rescue Driver, Truck Driver, Fire Investigator, Station Captain, Staff Captain,
Training Captain, Acting Battalion Chief, and Division Chief until being promoted to Deputy Chief on March 31st, 2006.
The NSSAR Fire Safety Commendation Medal may be presented by the National Society, State Societies and Chapters to individuals who serve or
have served in the fields of fire fighting or prevention, and life saving.
Mrs. Jill M. Sybalsky received the Martha Washington Medal and Certificate from Compatriot John R. Kohli, SVSAR Past President, for her efforts
in supporting the SVSAR Website at the Chapter Meeting of January 21, 2006.
The Martha Washington Medal is presented by the National Society, State Societies and Chapters to ladies for their outstanding service to SAR
programs. DAR membership is not required, but DAR members may also receive this award.
The above photograph shoes Officer Joseph Heylen, Milpitas Police Department, speaking about the faithful discharge of his duties in saving the
life of an eight month old infant at the SVSAR Chapter Meeting of October 21, 2006. Earlier, Compatriot Charles A. Smart, SVSAR President,
presented Officer Heylen the NSSAR Law Enforcement Medal and Certificate. Listed below is the article from the Milpitas Post dated May 31,
2006, which documents Officer Helen’s life saving actions.
Officer Saves Infant's Life by Clearing Airway, CPR
Emergency dispatchers received a frantic 911 call May 15 at 11 a.m. on the 1000 block of Park View Drive in Milpitas, about an unconscious 8-
month-old boy. When Milpitas Police Department Officer Joe Heylen arrived 90 seconds later, he heard frantic screams for help from the front
porch of a neighbor's house. Officer Heylen quickly determined that the infant had a pulse but was not breathing. The baby's face was discolored,
and his stomach was contracting as he struggled to take in air.
The officer used a combination of the "finger-sweep" and "back-blow" techniques to clear the child's airway of baby food. He then initiated a
rescue-breathing procedure. Shortly, the infant, who was also suffering pneumonia, responded positively by making faint coughing sounds. The
officer continued the procedure for more than two and a half minutes, until the arrival of paramedics from the Milpitas Fire Department, who took
over the resuscitation effort.
An ambulance transported the infant to a nearby hospital for further examination. Doctors, later satisfied about the infant's progress, discharged
him from the hospital. He is back home now and appears fine, according to police.
Heylen, 28, has been on Milpitas' police force for five years. The circumstances hit home for the officer, who has a 1-year-old daughter.
"After paramedics arrived, I replayed in my mind what had happened, which made me break down at the scene," Heylen said. "I'm happy I was
able to do what I had to do and not freeze up."
(c) 2006 Milpitas Post. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Media NewsGroup, Inc. by NewsBank, Inc.
|Silver Good Citizenship Medal
In the left photograph Compatriot Richard T. Knock (right), member of the SVSAR Scholarship Committee, presents Dean Swensson (left) an
American Flag, which was flown over the United States Capital, a Flag Certificate, and the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from
the office of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo.
In the right photograph Compatriot Howard M. Peters (right), Chairman of the SVSAR Scholarship Committee presents Dean Swensson (left) the
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the office of Congressman Mike Honda, and the NSSAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal and
The NSSAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate is the highest award that a chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) may
award to a citizen.
After receiving the awards Dean Swensson performed a reading of The Chicopee Flash, an article he had written for the anthology "Veterans of
War, Veterans of Peace" by Maxine Hong Kingston. After the reading Dean Swensson presented the SVSAR with a copy of the book signed by
both Maxine Hong Kingston and himself.
Following that Dean Swensson presented to the SVSAR a Certificate of Appreciation from De Anza College for the selfless efforts of the members
of the SVSAR Scholarship Committee (Compatriots Howard M. Peters, Richard T. Knock, John (Jack) F. Mallory and Dwayne A. Meyer) and the
support of the general membership. If you would like to view Certificate of Appreciation, please click on the following link. You will need Adobe
Reader to open the file, and to read and print the Certificate of Appreciation. 2006-12-09 - De Anza College - Certificate of Appreciation
|Silicon Valley Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution