It’s the call they never want to receive, a two-year-old child drowning in a pool.
But the North Bergen Police jumped right into action on Wednesday afternoon. Officer Hector Rosa was first on scene at the child’s house and started CPR on the unresponsive boy.
Within seconds Officer Brian Himsel and EMS trainer, Officer Santos Benitez, along with North Bergen EMS and Jersey City Medics responded and joined him in administering CPR.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my officers,” says Chief of Police Robert Dowd. “It’s rare occasions that when we get called to something as traumatic as this that we’re able to see such a positive result so far.”
Mayor Nicholas Sacco says the officers worked very hard to resuscitate the child.
“It’s very tragic and the family is now suffering a great deal. It’s a really good, strong family and things like this unfortunately happen.”
According to Deputy Chief of Police Gerald Sanzari, without these officers — the child would not be alive.
“It’s incredible to be able to stand here today and say that, because that baby was lifeless on arrival,” he says.
The child was medevaced to Hackensack University Medical Center and regained a slight heartbeat. He’s currently in guarded condition.
This investigation was turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.
Jillian Risberg, HCTV
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