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Penn State pair honored for helping lost veteran from Frey Village

Posted 1/25/17

Krystal Huber, left, and Amanda Blaugher, right, were presented with Certificates of Advocacy by Margaret Wilson of the Lebanon VA Medical Center for their actions involving a lost veteran in November 2016.

 

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Penn State pair honored for helping lost veteran from Frey Village

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PSU Vet honor 4Krystal Huber, left, and Amanda Blaugher, right, were presented with Certificates of Advocacy by Margaret Wilson of the Lebanon VA Medical Center for their actions involving a lost veteran in November 2016.

Amanda Blaugher and Krystal Huber recently were recognized for their actions to aid a lost veteran on the Penn State Harrisburg campus in November 2016.

Huber, a resident assistant, was on duty in Juniata Hall, a freshmen-only dorm, when students reported an elderly man attempting to enter the building via an emergency-exit door at about 6 p.m. Nov. 5. Huber examined the situation, found the gentleman still at the door, and proceeded to contact Blaugher. 

“It was a little scary that someone, not a student, was trying to get into the building,” Huber said.

Blaugher, the assistant director of residence life, notified campus police, who arrived and defused the situation. According to both Huber and Blaugher, a Silver Alert had been issued earlier in the evening for an elderly man named Michael Reap who had wandered away from Frey Village Retirement Center, but they were unaware of the Silver Alert. A Silver Alert is a public notification system used to alert of a missing person, usually elderly, who is inflicted with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other mental disabilities.

The officer was able to figure out the situation, identified Reap, and calmly kept him there until reinforcements could arrive. Both women described Reap as “confused” but polite and cordial and cooperative. Frey Village Retirement Center is not far from Penn State Harrisburg, and because the center and Juniata Hall look similar, the women understand how Reap could have become confused about his location.

“We just did what we’re supposed to do,” Blaugher said.

It wasn’t until after the incident that they realized who they had been dealing with. They were contacted by the Lebanon VA Medical Center and told of Reap’s veteran status and because of Reap’s being a veteran, the VA wished to recognize their efforts to help Reap.

They were honored because the VA “recognized two ladies who did the right thing when they could’ve just walked past and not stopped to help,” according to VA spokesman Doug Etter.

Margaret Wilson, acting director of Lebanon VA Medical Center, presented Blaugher and Huber with Certificates of Advocacy, which surprised both of them when it was announced what the VA wanted to do.

“I feel honored we were able to help him,” Huber said.

“We got him back to where he needs to be and that was the most important part,” Blaugher said. “I’m happy that we were able to do something extra good.”

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