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Massachusetts National Guard helps rescue 5-year-old who swallowed glass

Posted by Your Town  February 11, 2013 01:13 PM

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Spc. Austen Leavitt and Spc. Joseph Pollini, from the 772nd Military Police Company, 211th Military Police Battalion, stand with Brookline emergency officials after saving a five-year-old child who swallowed a piece of glass. The Soldiers transported a Brookline Police Officer through some impassable roads to the scene and were able to pave the way for additional emergency teams to access the home. National Guard photo

The following was submitted by the Massachusetts National Guard

In Brookline, two Soldiers, Spc. Austen Leavitt and Spc. Joseph Pollini from the 772nd Military Police Company, 211th Military Police Battalion, responded to a medical emergency for a five-year-old child who had swallowed glass. The Soldiers transported a Brookline Police Officer through some impassable roads to the scene, making them the first responders on site, and additionally paved the way for the Brookline Fire Department and ambulance to access the home, said Capt. Ray Richards, Assistant Operations Officer, 211th Military Police Battalion.

"Our Soldiers are always prepared to support local civilian agencies during emergencies such as Winter Storm Nemo," said Capt. Christopher Cunningham, 772nd Military Police Company. "Spc. Pollini's and Spc. Leavitt's efforts greatly impacted the ability for first responders to reach an ailing five-year-old. Certainly without their assistance, the outcome may have been different."

In all, more than 1,400 Soldiers and Airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard provided emergency support throughout the commonwealth for Blizzard NEMO, tasked with more than 48 missions between Friday and Monday.

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