Quick thinking by police officers saves life of Middletown child

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Officers teamed up to perform CPR and transport child to hospital when EMS crews were on emergency runs.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Quick thinking by two Middletown officers saved the life of a child Saturday, according to police and fire officials.

Fire and emergency crews were fighting a fire a Village East Apartment and responding to several other medical runs when dispatchers received a call at about 5:30 p.m. that a child was not breathing at a Yankee Road home.

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Middletown Police Officer Evan Mosley was first to arrive and was told by the child’s father that the boy had possibly swallowed something.

The boy was found limp and not breathing in the bath tub and his lips were purple, according to the police report.

Mosley began CPR and the child made a small gasp, but still was not alert. When Middletown Police Officer Connor Kirby arrived, he took over CPR, sitting with the boy in the back of Mosley’s cruiser.

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A mutual aid ambulance was requested from the Franklin area, but the police officers rushed the child to Atrium Medical Center where he was turned over to waiting personnel.

“Really proud of both officers,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said. “An incident like that is so stressful for not only the family, but the officers as well. They stayed calm and did what they had to do to save a life. They both are incredible police officers.”

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said it is rare for officers to transport a patient on their own, but he said they made a good decision in this incident.

“It is a little bit easier to do with a little child than an adult,” Lolli said. “Kudos to the two officers. The toddler’s life was saved thanks to the decisive action of the officers quickly getting the child to the hospital where emergency treatment was given and the child was revived.”