Compassionate Cops? 5-29-14

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HOWARD COUNTY, Md. — A Howard County police officer saved a drowning 9-year-old girl whose foot was trapped under a rock in the Little Patuxent River near the Savage Mill Trail last weekend, police said Wednesday.

Police said Sgt. Michael Johnson, a 16-year veteran, was walking foot patrol with a park ranger at 4:15 p.m. May 25 when they heard screaming near the river. Police said Johnson ran toward the screams and saw the girl in shoulder-deep water being pushed by the current.

He called dispatch and asked for the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services department’s SWIFT water rescue team, police said. While awaiting their arrival, Johnson saw the girl, who said her foot was stuck under a rock, struggling to stay above water, police said.

Sgt. Johnson then jumped in the river to try to save the girl, police said. As he was swimming toward her, the current picked him up, but he was able to grab onto a crate jammed between two rocks, police said.

Police said he was able to move himself in front of the crate and, with one hand on the crate, was able to lunge toward the girl and free her trapped foot.

Police said he then pulled her to the edge of the water where a bystander helped her onto land.

“This is an example of the ways in which our officers put their lives on the line every day,” Police Chief Bill McMahon said. “We are very proud of Sgt. Johnson for all that he did to ensure this situation had a good outcome.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Copyright 2014 the Howard County Times





4 thoughts on “Compassionate Cops? 5-29-14

    C. L. Swinney said:
    May 30, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Hello Marja! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 😉 hope your having a great day!

    C. L. Swinney said:
    May 30, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Harriet!!?! How are you? Thanks for stopping by and appreciating the Compassionate Cops blog 🙂 So many really amazing law enforcement members are out there doing good every day. Have a terrific day 🙂

    esotericfoxloves2write said:
    May 30, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I really enjoy reading your Compassionate Cops continuing column. There are so many great men and women who help people every day who are never acknowledged or recognized. It is so nice that you are able to bring some of these heroes into the spotlight they deserve. I am sure Sergeant Johnson did not think twice when it came to jumping in the rough waters. I commend him for saving a life and commend you for recognizing his life.

    Marja McGraw said:
    May 29, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I feel pride in Sgt. Johnson, too. He thought of the little girl before himself, and that takes courage.

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