A Montgomery County Police officer is credited with taking life-saving actions after being flagged down and told that a 9-day-old baby boy was having trouble breathing. This occurred just after 1:00 a.m. this morning on Randolph Road near Hammonton Place.
Officer Ben Crumlin, a patrol officer assigned to the midnight shift in the 3rd District (Silver Spring), was on patrol when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Randolph Road. As the vehicle approached Officer Crumlin’s cruiser, the driver began honking his horn and flashing his lights.
When the officer pulled over, he was informed by the occupants of the vehicle that they were enroute to the hospital with their infant who was having trouble breathing. The officer checked the baby boy and discovered that he was not breathing at all. The officer administered CPR and was able to revive the baby but he continued to have difficulty breathing. Fire/Rescue units arrived and transported the infant to a local hospital where he was hospitalized for several hours and eventually released later in the morning.
Officer Crumlin is a 6-year-veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department. Commander Don Johnson, of the 3rd District, said “Patrol officers never know what they face when they encounter a speeding vehicle at one o’clock in the morning. It may be nothing more than a traffic violation or it could be a robbery that just occurred. In this case, Officer Crumlin was called upon to use his medical training to save a life.”
Montgomery County officers receive CPR and other emergency medical training during the Academy and throughout their careers as part of annual In-Service training. “Officer Crumlin’s training and experience and his ability to act quickly made a difference in this child’s life”, said Johnson.