Officer Performs Life-Saving Actions on Child on Interstate 270

Yesterday at approximately 4:23 p.m., Montgomery County Police Officer James Herman was on his way home after completing his patrol shift and initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle on the shoulder of northbound Interstate 270 in the area of the Muddy Branch Road exit. While Officer Herman was speaking with the driver, another vehicle pulled off the highway and parked behind the officer’s cruiser. A man and a woman exited their vehicle with a 9-month-old girl and ran to the officer, explaining that the child was unresponsive. Officer Herman noted that the child was ashen in color. While cradling the girl in his arms, the officer began to perform CPR; the child soon regained consciousness. Officer Herman radioed to dispatch that Fire – Rescue personnel were needed at the location. At this time, a Good Samaritan, who identified himself as an out-of-state firefighter, stopped his vehicle on the side of the road to offer assistance. Fire – Rescue responded and transported the girl to a local hospital. The woman with the child identified herself as the grandmother and the male is believed to have been a family member.

Officer James Herman is an 11-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department and currently works in the 2nd District. Commander Falcinelli of the 2nd (Bethesda) District said, “I am very proud that Officer Herman was in the right place at the right time to save this infant’s life. He followed his training and his efforts resulted in a positive outcome. He is an excellent representative of the dedication and professionalism that Montgomery County Police officers possess.”

On Sunday, Montgomery County Fire – Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen E. Mann, who responded to this incident, stated, “I am told that this child is doing better and only still alive due to the quick actions of Officer Herman and the unknown civilian who assisted him in providing this life-saving intervention.”

The Good Samaritan, who is believed to be an out-of-state firefighter, has not been identified. There was a National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland, yesterday, and the man was wearing a shirt associated with that memorial. It is possible that this man had attended this service earlier in the day. The Department would like to thank this individual for his willingness to come to the assistance of our officer and this child.

Montgomery County officers receive CPR and other emergency medical training during the police academy and throughout their careers as part of annual in-service training.


UPDATE: Via social media,the out-of-state firefighter has been identified as Brody Channell, a firefighter with the Little Rock, Arkansas Fire Department.  Channell was in Maryland to honor his father, Capt. Dennis A. Channell, at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.  Channell’s father died in the line of duty February 10, 2014, while responding to a call for service.

UPDATE: Due to privacy laws, the Department was initially unable to obtain the child’s name.  We are happy that her family reached out to the Department and that we can now identify her as Kenzlee Mae Cushman.



Officer James Herman

Officer James Herman

Police Ask for Public’s Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Detectives from the 5th District Investigative Section continue to investigate a burglary that occurred on September 15 at a residence in the 14200 block of Gate Dancer Lane in Boyds. Detectives have obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

On September 15 at approximately 12:00 p.m., 5th District officers responded to the residence on Gate Dancer Lane after the homeowner discovered the female suspect, described as a black female in her 20’s, inside of the home. The suspect fled after she was confronted by the homeowner.

Detectives obtained photographs of the female suspect and are asking anyone who may recognize her to please call the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6237.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 240-773-TIPS (8477) or Text-A-Tip to: CRIMES (274637), text MCPD and your crime tip. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.


Burglary Suspect

Burglary Suspect

Weather Alert – Driving Safety Tips


A significant storm is projected to impact Montgomery County and the D.C. area within the coming days. The risk to lives and property in this potentially dangerous situation remains high.

This storm could bring very heavy rainfall to the area and winds could become strong enough to down trees, power lines, and cause flooding in normally safe areas.  The threat of up to 5 inches of rain exists with 3 inches a much greater possibility.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Flooding conditions can occur quickly during a heavy rainfall. Below are some tips to remember if you are on the road during a heavy rainfall where possible flooding conditions could occur:

  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. The needed stopping distance increases when roads are wet and visibility decreases.
  • Do not attempt to drive through water if you are unsure of the depth. 6 inches of water can cause your engine to stall and as little as 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float. Flooding related deaths have occurred in the past on low lying roads in Montgomery County.

Remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”

  • Never attempt to drive through fast flowing water – your vehicle could easily be swept  away.
  • Do not drive around traffic barricades; obey all traffic control devices.
  • The Montgomery County Police Department is urging residents not to drive during the heavier parts of this storm.  If you must drive, please plan ahead to allow more time and avoid routes that will take you into low lying areas.  Many times, high water and the affects of a storm remain after the significant rainfall is over.

Below is a list of some of the roads in Montgomery County that could be affected by high water.  This is not meant to be an inclusive list and all motorists should remain cautious when driving.


MD 29 (Columbia Pike) at Paint Branch – N. of White Oak
MD 185 (Conn. Ave) at Rock Creek – S. of Kensington
MD 190 (River Road) at Cabin John Creek – Potomac
MD 193 (Univ. Blvd) at Sligo Creek – Wheaton
MD 586 (Viers Mill Rd) at Rock Creek – S. of Twinbrook Pkwy.
Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park – Kensington-Chevy Chase
Sligo Creek Pkwy – Silver Spring-Takoma Park


MD 97 (Georgia Ave) at Reddy Branch – N. of Brookeville
MD 124 (Woodfield Rd) at Goshen Branch and at Gr. Seneca Creek – N. of Brink Rd.
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Gr. Seneca Creek – W. of Gaithersburg
MD 117 (Clopper Rd) at Little Seneca Creek  – E. of Boyds
MD 355 (Frederick Rd) at Little Seneca Creek – W. of Brink
MD 121 (Clarksburg Rd) near Little Seneca Lake – N. of Boyds
MD 118 (Germantown Rd) at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Germantown
River Rd and Berryville Rd at Seneca Creek
Blunt Road at Great Seneca Creek – S. of Brink Rd.
Davis Mill Rd at Great Seneca Creek – N. of Gaithersburg
Brighton Dam Rd at Hawlings River – NE of Brookeville
Goldmine Rd at Hawlings River – E of Olney
Zion Rd at Hawlings River – E. of Laytonsville
Hoyles Mill Rd at ford of Little Seneca Creek – Germantown, west of the soccer complex
Loghouse Rd at Magruder Branch – S. of Damascus
Elton Farm Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
Howard Chapel Rd at Haights Branch – N. of Sunshine
White’s Ferry Road and River Road – White’s Ferry


Update: Suspect Arrested for Armed Robbery of Giant

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Robbery Section have arrested Mario Wells, age 35, of an unconfirmed address in Silver Spring, for the September 15 armed robbery of the Giant store located at 2900 University Boulevard West.

On September 29 detectives released surveillance photographs of the unidentified robbery suspect, (now identified as Wells), and asked for the public’s help in identifying him. Last night and into this morning, detectives received tips from several sources identifying Wells as the suspect involved in this armed robbery.

On September 30, Wells made contact with detectives and turned himself over to the police. Wells is charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of first-degree assault. Bond information for Wells is currently not available.
Detectives thank the media for publicizing this case and the public for providing information regarding this crime.

Anyone who believes that he/she may be eligible for a Crime Solvers reward regarding the above tips is asked to re-contact Crime Solvers and provide his/her unique tip number. Crime Solvers may be reached at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


Mario Wells

Mario Wells