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Catasauqua police officer chosen as A-Treat Hero

CATASAUQUA, Pa. - A-Treat is honoring a local police officer, ending its three-month long search for a hero.

More than 2,000 votes were cast for Catasauqua Police Officer Scott Rothrock in the contest, who admits he's now trying to get used to being called a hero.

"I'm a little overwhelmed," he said. "It's a great honor."

Rothrock was nominated as the 2018 A-Treat hero after an incident that happened three years ago.

That's when Rothrock was on patrol, responding to an attempted murder call. He was first to arrive on scene, when the suspect, Jerome Nichols, took out a butcher's knife and stabbed him. Still, Rothrock managed to hold Nichols until another officer arrived, and fired at Nichols, killing him.

"Very fortunate, very lucky, thank God for that. I knew someone was watching over me that night," Rothrock said.

But the stabbing caused so much damage, the police chief said Rothrock was forced to retire last month, after almost a decade on the job.

"There's a hole, there's a giant hole. We'd rather have him back in the department, but due to the injuries, he's just not able to," Chief Douglas Kish said.

So when Rothrock's partner, Donald Stratton, heard about the A-Treat hero contest, he quickly entered Rothrock's name.

"He sacrificed his career, he almost could have lost his life that night," he said.

"He's a real hero, and I think people walk away with saying, 'I'm proud to be in this community with him," added David Jaindl, A-Treat's owner.

A-treat will honor Rothrock as its hero by having the officer's photo on its cream soda label. It is also donating $10,000 to a charity of Rothrock's choice -- he picked his police union.

A-Treat said it started the contest this year, in part, to mark its 100 years in business, and the contest is something the business hopes to continue.

    


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