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Middletown Police Officer Kim honored by YWCA for efforts to combat domestic violence

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/30/19

A Middletown police officer is one of just five first responders being honored throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties this year for their efforts on behalf of victims of domestic …

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Middletown Police Officer Kim honored by YWCA for efforts to combat domestic violence

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A Middletown police officer is one of just five first responders being honored throughout Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties this year for their efforts on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

Hyung Kim, a part-time patrol officer with the Middletown department since June 2016, was presented with the victim advocacy award by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg during the YWCA’s annual First Responders Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 4.

Kim “has a history of going above and beyond” on behalf of victims when he responds to domestic violence calls, said Elyse Szurgot, director of the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg’s Violence Intervention and Prevention Department.

This includes assessing the risk that is present to the victim in the given situation, what further intervention is needed to protect the victim, and making sure that the victim is linked up to supportive services, Szurgot said.

“Oftentimes our police are the first contact victims have with the system,” Szurgot added. “If that contact isn’t positive as far as the response, the victim may not reach out and accept that help. It needs to be delivered in that victim-centered way that is exemplified by officers like Patrolman Kim.”

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg holds the First Responders Breakfast each year in the beginning of October, to kick off October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The award is open to all first responders, including police, firefighters, the emergency medical service community, the district attorney’s office, and “all our advocates on the front lines,” Szurgot said.

First responders are nominated for the award by their peers and by other professionals in the community.

Attempts to reach Kim for comment were not successful.

Besides Kim, the four other first responders receiving the victim advocacy award at the breakfast from the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg are Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, Deputy Linda Lawlor of the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Bryan Ward of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and Chief Christopher E. Raubenstine of the Silver Spring Township Police Department.

The YWCA’s domestic violence hotline is available at  800-654-1211 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.