Your Holiday Was Better than This Guy's

Cops, not Santa visit home the weekend before Christmas.

A 21-year-old Tredyffrin man faces drug charges after police and medics were called to his home back on December 21.

According to charges, filed with the district court on Christmas Eve, Berwyn Fire Company medics were called to the home of Andrew Geringer at 6:44 p.m. on Friday December 21. When first responders arrived, Tredyffrin Police say Geringer was "under the influence of some type of substance."

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According to an affidavit of probable cause in the case, police say they were advised that "Geringer is a recovering heroin user and they believe that he was under the influence. Berwyn Medics responded and began treating Geringer. For the safety of first responders, a search of the immediate area was conducted for the needle used to inject the suspected heroin."

According to public court charging documents Police say that "One blue wax paper bag was seen on the night table next to Geringer;s bed. The bag was empty indicating the substance injected was from this bag. A clear glassine bag was also located containing additional unopened blue wax paper bags. A silver spoon with burnt residue, a black lighter and syringes were also located on top of the table. A single syringe with the orange cap off was located on the floor next to Geringer's body upon arrival.  All evidence items were seized. Geringer was removed from the residence by Berwyn ambulance and taken to Paoli Hospital for heroin overdose."

TheTruthHurts January 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
As I said in my initial post, unfortunately this constitutes news on a site like this one. I accept that, even though I question the value and the intent. My real issue is with the ridiculous headline that makes light of a tragic situation. It doesn't matter to me whether this is a suburban kid who lives blocks from me or a poor inner city kid in Norristown or Philadelphia. Addiction is sad and davastating, for the addict, for the addict's family, and in some cases for the addict's community. There is nothing comic in it, at all. If you want to do your job, report the facts, and leave the callous attempts at humor for your own time.
CalbernDontLie January 08, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I agree. Also why is half the story missing? Why were these people called to his house? Sort of seems like the busted into a private residence.
CalbernDontLie January 08, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Bob just wants clicks on the site and seems to like starting flame wars like this with a stupid headline. The kid needs help not the law and Internet news screwing him up even more.
CalbernDontLie January 08, 2013 at 11:02 AM
M Thomson January 08, 2013 at 04:26 PM
When I first leaned about TE Patch I was pleasd to find a site where I could keep up with local news and events, especially when traveling. Since that time I have watched the Patch degenerate into tabloid-esque articles, sensational ( and in this case, not very funny) headlines, and a regurgitation of the police blotter with a witch-hunt mentality. Addiction is a brain ailment, not a moral lapse. One in four families in the US has a member battling this disease. For Patch to infer that the 911 call placed to save this young man's life was a threat to public safety is unconscionable. Do the EMT's not take similar risks when rescuing a car crash victim or assisting an individual suffering a heart attack? Yes, as readers we want to hear the good and the bad news. But we also want compassion and constructive, community building input. My heart goes out to this young man and his family -- for the battle they all face and for this very insensitive treatment. I am now A Former Patch Reader.


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