DATE: 08/16/14 CASE: 14-09105
WHERE IT HAPPENED: West River Styx Road Hopatcong
HOW WERE POLICE NOTIFIED: Parent called it in
OFFICER (S) INVESTIGATING:Ptl. Haffner, Ptl. Lotito and Lt. Unhoch
VICTIM: Juvenile. No information permitted
VICTIM’S AGE: 5
VICTIM WENT TO HOSPITAL: Yes
VICTIM’S INJURIES: Victim was not breathing when patrol arrived
ANY OTHER INFORMATION: Police Officers/EMT’s Robert Haffner and Christopher Lotito responded to a home on West River Styx Road for a baby unresponsive and not breathing. When they arrived they found a 5-day old boy not breathing. CPR was started by Officer Lotito. Lt. Unhoch took Officer Haffner and the baby to the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad. Lt. Unhoch immediately drove the ambulance with Officer Haffner and ambulance member EMT Auer to Dover Hospital. While en route they performed rescue breathing with a bag valve mask. The baby’s pulse returned. They met ALS (Medics) who climbed aboard in Landing. Roxbury Police cleared all the traffic lights while Lt. Unhoch drove to Dover Hospital. At the Hospital they were met by the Hospital Trauma Team who took over care of the newborn. As of this writing the infant was taken to Morristown Hospital and placed in the pediatric ICU.
I personally commend these Officers for their quick response and decision to take the ambulance when time was of the essence. Thank you to the Roxbury Police Officers who cleared the way. I commend Dispatcher Judy Wolff who coordinated with Roxbury Police, MICU and Dover Hospital. Because of their actions a life was brought back. Let us all keep that little boy in our prayers.