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Monday, August 13, 2012

Region 5 Officer of the Month

We would like to recognize Corporal Roger Blanchard as our Officer of the Month.  On July 4th, Officer Blanchard along with a hospital staff member responded to a request for assistance by a young woman you had accidentally locked herself out of her vehicle while her six month old baby was still in the backseat.  The staff member asked the mother if the car a/c was on and the mother stated it was, so the hospital staff member stated there was no immediate threat and to just wait for emergency response and left the scene.  Officer Blanchard stayed on scene to console the mother and noticed the baby had become red and was kicking and crying.  At this time, the mother became even more distraught and Corporal Blanchard called for another officer to retrieve a wire clothes hanger from the security office while he stayed with the mother to keep her calm.  Emergency response still had not arrived, so Officer Blanchard used the wire hanger to attempt to unlock the vehicle which he was successful at doing after three attempts.  The baby was sweaty and Officer Blanchard observed the inside of the car was hot and the a/c was blowing hot air.  At this time, the outside temperature was in the high 90’s, which can be fatal for children left in a vehicle.  While Yale typically doesn’t condone using wire hangers or other devices to unlock vehicles at client sites, in this particular situation, Officer Blanchard’s quick actions were very likely instrumental in saving this baby’s life and we thank him for his heroic actions.     

Lori Morrow,
Regional Manager- Region 5

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