Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — Officer Gary Temoyan passed away yesterday.  Temoyan was a member of the Lower Merion Police Department, and a notice of his death was posted by both the Lower Merion Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 28 and the Lower Merion Police Department on their official Facebook sites.

 

“The LMPD family is in mourning tonight with the passing of Brother Gary Temoyan. Gary suffered from ALS, one of the most heartbreaking diseases, for over 10 years. He was an LMPD Patrolman, Bike Officer and Motorcycle Officer. Gary was so happy on the motors and wore the uniform proudly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his two sons, his parents and entire family. Rest easy Brother. Arrangements are pending,” stated the FOP post.

 

“With very heavy hearts, we announce the passing of #LMPD Officer Gary Temoyan. He suffered with ALS for a decade and we are devastated by his loss. Please keep his family, children and friends in your prayers,” posted the LMPD.

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ALS is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

 

In earlier stages, ALS causes symptoms such as stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and a gradual worsening in muscular strength. As the disease progresses, the body becomes paralyzed, with patients experiencing difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and eventually, breathing.

 

In 75 to 80 percent of patients, symptoms of ALS begin with arms, hands, and legs, such as tripping, stumbling, or awkwardness when running. People with ALS also experience foot drop and a “slapping” gait.

 

Other initial symptoms include reduced finger dexterity, cramps, stiffness, and weakness or wasting of intrinsic hand muscles, along with wrist drop that interferes with work performance. Slurred speech, hoarseness, or poorer speech volume, as well as aspiration of food (breathing food into the airways) and choking during a meal,  are also commons signs of ALS.

 

People with ALS can experience emotional and cognitive difficulties, including bursts of involuntary and inappropriate laughing or crying, depression, impaired critical thinking, or abnormal social behaviors.

 

As the disease progresses, muscle atrophy becomes more apparent and muscle cramps more common. In advanced stages, patients often experience voice changes, including hypernasality and development of a strained or strangled vocal quality. Speech may eventually be lost entirely. Patients may experience drooling and have difficulties swallowing.

 

ALS is not curable.

 

Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig was born in 1903 and died in 1941. Gehrig's career spanned 17 seasons in the Major League as a great first baseman. He was part of the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. For his incredible talent, especially his renowned power as a hitter and his durability, he earned himself the nickname, “The Iron Horse.”  He was diagnosed with the disease in 1938 when his statistics showed a significant decline.

 

The TAPinto team offers our sincere condolences to Officer Temoyan’s family and friends.

 

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