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PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY JAINDL FARMSDonna Jacobsen of Orefield, was recently named as one of A-Treat’s Hero finalists. PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY JAINDL FARMSDonna Jacobsen of Orefield, was recently named as one of A-Treat’s Hero finalists.
Matthew Brett, of Lenhartsville, was recently named as one of A-Treat’s Hero finalists. Matthew Brett, of Lenhartsville, was recently named as one of A-Treat’s Hero finalists.

Local police officer named 2018 A-Treat Hero winner

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by Susan Bryant sbryant@tnonline.com in Local News

A-Treat recently announced the 2018 A-Treat Hero winner is Officer Scott Rothrock with Catasauqua Police Department.

Rothrock received over 2,000 of the 6,000 total votes during the campaign.

He will be donating his $10,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police LE-Hampton No. 35.

Two of the six finalists from their first A-Treat Heroes campaign, which was launched in January were Donna Jacobsen, of Orefield, and Matthew Brett of Lenhartsville.

According to A-Treats website, Jacobsen was nominated by Chuck Deprill and Brett was nominated Courtney Loeb.

Jacobsen, is the founder of H.O.P.E (Heroin Opioid Prevention Education), a program developed to respond to the region’s heroin and opioid epidemic.

In an effort to create awareness among the community, teachers, administrators, and parents she makes regular appearances at H.O.P.E presentations throughout area schools to advocate and answer questions related to her experience.

Recently, Jacobsen received the Unsung Hero Award from the Caron Treatment Centers, and the Louise Wright Family Award for her work with the Center For Humanistic Change (specifically H.O.P.E) at the Volunteer Center’s Breakfast of Champions.

She has participated in many town halls, forums, and round table discussions with Gov. Wolf and various members of the Department of Drug and Alcohol programs. She also spoke at the PA Hope Caucus “Day Of Hope” Rally in Harrisburg and participated in a forum with Attorney General Josh Shapiro, in which she brought parents from the support group that she leads to tell their story.

She has also organized and participated in events such as Sound Out Against Heroin, Wheels Up For HOPE, hosted screenings of the Anonymous People and Generation Found, and is currently on the Family Education Committee for Rally in the Valley.

Jacobsen is a dedicated person to a wonderful cause who rarely says no to helping.

Brett has been a Kempton Fire Company volunteer for 30 years, currently serving as fire chief.

He is employed as a paramedic supervisor for the City of Allentown and is a member of the Lehigh County Special Operations Team, an elite group that specializes in technical rescue.

Brett serves as a medical task force member for PA Company 3 as well as an instructor for the PA Department of Health.

He is also active with The Boy Scouts of America.

During a recent incident, Brett rappelled down a ravine of the Appalachian Trail to begin patient care of a young hiker who fell off a 50-foot cliff and continued to tumble an extra 200 feet striking multiple boulders and trees.

The rescue lasted eight hours, resulting in the successful rescue of the young man, who continues to hike the Appalachian Trail thanks to the heroic efforts of Brett.

Other finalists included: Betty Duffy, volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County; Barb Martucci, founder of Smiles by Sarah and Scott Marshall, charitable musician and songwriter, all of Allentown.

All finalists will receive a $500 donation to the 501(c)(3) organization of their choice.

A-Treat Soda invited the community to vote and determine who will be the official A-Treat Hero of 2018, winning a $10,000 donation to the 501(c)(3) charity of their choice, as well as be featured on the brand’s cream soda label.