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Riverhead police officers save toddler using CPR


Three Riverhead Town police officers resuscitated an 18-month-old using CPR Sunday evening after the baby’s heart stopped.

According to Riverhead Police Sgt. Jill Kubetz, police received a 911 call from the toddler’s mother Sunday evening. The family was driving on Route 25A in Wading River near Subway when the child became “unresponsive” and stopped breathing, Sgt. Kubetz said.

Three officers — Branden Heller, Dan Hogan, and Patryk Loszewski — were patrolling nearby and responded to the call, arriving before an ambulance, Sgt. Kubetz said.

The officers couldn’t find the toddler’s pulse and performed CPR on the baby until her heart began beating again and the child was breathing.

The baby and her family were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Wading River Fire Department ambulance volunteers in stable condition Sunday, Sgt. Kubetz said. The infant was released that night and was “doing well” a day after the incident, the sergeant added.

“Our officers responded and acted in a very professional manner, as we’ve come to expect from the Riverhead Town Police Department,” Sgt. Kubetz said. “We’re very proud of the work of our officers.”