#Bridgeport, CT – July 23, 2014 – A police officer yesterday evening helped save the life of a child in the city.
Officer Michael Novia was on patrol in the area of Park Avenue when a woman flagged him down and hysterically stated that her child was not breathing. Novia observed an unresponsive child in the back seat of the vehicle. He radioed dispatchers who alerted medical staff at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center of an incoming patient.
He then activated his light and sirens, told the family to follow him and escorted the family to the hospital.
Medical personnel at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center informed police that the child, who is 18-months-old, probably would not have survived if Novia had waited for an ambulance at the scene.
“We called the hospital this morning and I am so happy to report Dylan is in good condition. I have four sons and I can’t imagine being in that situation,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “I want to thank Officer Novia and all of our police officers. The reality is that were it not for that actions of this officer, a family could be mourning the death of a child. Instead, we have hope and good news from doctors.”
The boy was transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was reported to be in good condition.
“The quick actions of Officer Novia saved a life yesterday of a young boy, and I am grateful,” said Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi. “It is important to recognize that our officers do outstanding work every day keeping our community safe. It usually happens outside of the spotlight. Today we honor Officer Novia but
I also want to recognize all of our officers who do their jobs exceptionally well day in and day out. They have my thanks.”
The boy, his family and other relatives came to Bridgeport to enjoy a day in Seaside Park at the beach.
According to the family, the child showed signs of severe distress Tuesday evening. They called 911 and then brought the child, who was not breathing, to their car and tried to take him to the hospital.
The parents, who are from the Bronx, became disoriented but then observed Officer Novia and alerted him to the crisis.
“It is because of the clear thinking of the responding officer that St. Vincent’s Drs. Blechman and Chen along with our Emergency Department staff were able to provide the life-saving medical treatment this child needed. It’s a terrific example of how the public benefits from the strong partnership between the Bridgeport Police Department and St. Vincent’s Medical Center,” stated Doodnauth Hiraman, M.D., Chairman of Emergency Medicine, St. Vincent’s Medical Center.