No call mobilizes a patrol squad more than a
report of a child not breathing.
Ewing officers Jason Ulrich and Lalena Lamson
along with Sgt. Joseph Smith took such a call this past Wednesday with a
Upon arriving at the residence, they found the
baby breathing but with great difficulty, heavily congested, and it
appeared that there was fluid in the baby's lungs.
Lamson had been an EMT in Jersey City, and she
determined the officers should start taking the baby to Capital
Health Medical Center – Hopewell immediately. Smith drove the patrol
car, with Lamson inside giving the baby occasional rescue breaths.
With Smith on the radio, the officers were
able to arrange for a Hopewell ambulance to meet them on Pennington
Road near Bull Run. The infant was transferred to the ambulance
crew, who were able to open the baby’s airway as they raced to the
The baby is now doing fine, and the family is, presumably, very
Some calls aren't black and white. It's not like the movies where
the ambulance is there before the police. "Do we transport
ourselves or wait for the rig?" is tough call for a sergeant. You
just want to get it right.
These Ewing officers did.
NJLawman.com recognizes Ewing officers Jason
Ulrich, Lalena Lamson, and Sgt. Joseph Smith.