David Jaindl’s A-Treat company launched its first A-Treat Heroes campaign earlier this year. It asked for individuals who made substantial yet unrecognized contributions in the community.
“We are happy to recognize these local people who have gone above and beyond the call,” said Jaindl during a visit Monday to Catasauqua.
A-Treat asked for nominations from local communities and pared the list down to six candidates. The company opened the list to Facebook and allowed the public to vote.
The winner was Catasauqua Police Officer Scott Rothrock. Officer Donald Stratton III made the nomination.
“People have a tendency to forget the sacrifices made with everyone’s busy schedule. Scott should be recognized for all that he did,” he said.
In 2015, Rothrock was called out to look for an on-the-run Allentown suspect who attempted to fatally wound his girlfriend. Once Rothrock located the offender, a foot chase ensued. Rothrock attempted to Taser the suspect, but the suspect, armed with a butcher knife, ran at Rothrock and repeatedly stabbed him.
Rothrock sustained multiple injuries on the left side of his body and his hands. Since the incident, he has gone through numerous surgeries and rehabilitation. He has an implant in his back to help with pain and numbness.
The injuries ended his career as a police officer, and he retired his badge in February.
More than 6,000 votes were cast during the A-Treat Heroes campaign; 2,000-plus were for Rothrock.
“I’m extremely honored and grateful to be voted the A-Treat Hero,” Rothrock said. “I want to thank all my friends and families who took the time to vote for me and especially my fellow officer for nominating me. Everyone’s support throughout my long journey has meant the world to me.”
A-Treat Heroes receive a $10,000 donation from A-Treat and the Jaindl family, which Rothrock directed to the Fraternal Order of Police Le-Hampton No. 35, an organization that supports injured officers and their families. The best reward is to get his picture on the label of A-Treat’s Cream Soda, a unique flavor in the A-Treat lineup.
Rothrock’s fellow heroes included Betty Duffy of Allentown, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels; Matthew Brett of Lenhartsville, the Kempton Fire Company chief; Barbara Martucci of Allentown, founder of Smiles by Sarah; Scott Marshall of Allentown, charitable musician and songwriter; and Donna Jacobson of Orefield, founder of the H.O.P.E. program. Each of the runners up will receive a $500 donation from A-Treat for their chosen charities.