This story was updated at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2013.
Montgomery County Police say a fast-acting officer saved an infant’s life after the 9-day-old baby stopped breathing early Monday morning.
According to police, Officer Ben Crumlin, a six-year veteran officer in the Third District in Silver Spring, was on patrol about 1 a.m. Monday on Randolph Road near Hammonton Place. A car driving down Randolph Road began flashing its lights and honking its horn as it neared his cruiser.
Crumlin said in a phone interview that he was on patrol when he saw a car speeding up behind him.
“There’s this car flashing its lights. ... I was thinking, someone pulling up to say, there’s a wreck behind me....,” he said
Instead, the man driving the car pulled up to Crumlin’s cruiser, and told him, “My baby’s not breathing,” he said.
Crumlin took the baby boy from his mother, who was in the car with her other son, and immediately began performing CPR — a tricky task because the child was so young and little.
“He was no bigger than a football. I was able to cradle him in my forearm,” Crumlin said.
Eventually, after perforning chest compressions and rescue breathing, the baby was revived, he said.
“Finally, [the baby] started to breathe a little — he was struggling mightily to breathe,” Crumlin said.
Crumlin kept performing CPR until other rescue workers to come to his aid. Fire and Rescue personnel took the baby to a local hospital, where the baby received treatment and recovered.
Crumlin said he wasn’t sure why the baby had trouble breathing. He said that at the hospital, he learned the baby had vomited shortly before the incident, and that possibly it regurgitated some of its vomit.
Crumlin called the situation a “win-win,” and credited the baby’s family for staying calm and thinking quickly.
The baby was hospitalized for several hours, but released Monday morning, police said.
In a written statement detailing Crumlin’s actions, Third District Commander Don Johnson 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. ... Officer Crumlin’s training and experience and his ability to act quickly made a difference in this child’s life.”