MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A Mansfield Township police officer was presented with a Life Saving Award during the Township’s Committee meeting on Wednesday.
Officer Eleanor Russel was presented with the Life-Saving Award by Mayor Joseph Watters and Chief Michael Reilly.
On July 16 at 7:12 p.m., Officer Russell was dispatched to the Mansfield Plaza for the report of a twelve day old infant having difficulty breathing.
When Officer Russell arrived, she observed the infant taking shallow breaths and the infant’s lips were turning blue. She took the infant from her mother and assessed the infant’s airway.
Seeing an obstruction, she began to administer first aid which included several back blows. The obstruction was dislodged and the infant began to breath and cry.
The Mansfield Township Emergency Squad soon arrived along with paramedics and patient care was turned over to them.
Officer Russell was presented with the Life Saving Award for an act performed in the line of duty resulting in the saving of a life.
“We are so proud of Officer Russell and the amazing job she has done in her short time with the department,” police said.