PCPD’s Helmick Saves Baby’s Life
Paden City Police Department’s Patrolman Josh Helmick will be the recipient of a Life Savers Award, thanks to quick action he took to save a baby’s life on Thursday, Dec. 10.
Interim Police Chief Timothy Shreve of the PCPD reported that Helmick was on patrol Dec. 10 when he was flagged down by the mother of the child. The mother advised Helmick that her baby was choking and could not breathe.
Shreve reported that Helmick himself had noticed the baby struggling to breathe; thus, the officer “sprung into action,” taking the baby into his arms and patting it on the back. The baby then began coughing up mucus and saliva.
The baby then began to breathe normally and its coloring returned to normal. Helmick advised the mother to take her child to Sistersville General Hospital immediately.
Shreve reported that he did not know anything about the situation until Hemick reported it to him.
“He didn’t want to make a big scene,” Shreve noted.
“Saving a newborn’s life is something he should be proud of,” Shreve stated, adding that Helmick is planning a follow-up visit to check on the baby.
Shreve stated that he was not going to mention the name of the mother, or her child, as they had not really spoken to the mother to receive permission.
Helmick, who has been an officer with PCPD since August, is headed to state police academy in January. Shreve noted that this is actually when Helmick is expected to receive his Life Savers Award. Shreve said he would be accepting the award on Helmick’s behalf and that Helmick would be further honored once he returns from training.
Paden City Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins stated that he is very proud of Patrolman Helmick.
“He seems to be a natural at the job, and he’s only been here a short time,” Hopkins added. “He’s the kind of officer we like to have.”