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Officers Recognized For Distinguished Service

May 7, 2018
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Several New Martinsville Police Department officers were recognized May 7 at the city's monthly council meeting. Each officer received recognition for the roles they each played in saving a baby boy. That baby boy, discovered barely alive a month ago, was present to witness New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil, Detective Donnie Harris, Patrolmen Timothy Chichick and Jason Utt, and Dispatcher Iris Isaacs receive their Distinguished Service awards.

Chief Cecil reiterated the details of the April 4 call concerning the baby. He noted Dispatcher Isaacs had received a call in which a man stated he thought he killed his baby and would probably go to jail.

"I had just sent Patrolman Utt to a wreck with fatality up by Blue Racer, so Dispatcher Isaacs sent Patrolman Chichick to the call and called me to assist. When I got there, (Chichick) had the baby there, laid out on a blanket and assessing the baby to see all that was wrong."

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"When I got there, I saw the baby's chest rise and found a pulse at the bottom of the ankle."

Chief Cecil said he was told there were no emergency squads available due to the fatal wreck. Chief Cecil, along with Chichick, headed north on Route 2, toward the hospital.

Chief Cecil said he was told an "e-squad" was headed back to town, but by this time, Chief Cecil was well on his way to the hospital.

Chief Cecil said about halfway to the hospital, he got a bit of road rage, due to other drivers not yielding to the Chief's blaring sirens and lights.

"Patrolfman Utt got back into town and asked me where my 20 was; I told him I was close to the Walmart light."

Cecil said Patrolman Utt "travelled down the northbound lane, turned around on the four lane, and cleared traffic for me."

Cecil said the decisions made by each of his officers, to get the baby to the hospital, were "just amazing."

"It all rolled out perfectly."

Chief Cecil said he and his fellow officers arrived at the hospital, and he "can't say enough about the staff at the hospital." Cecil noted, though the doctors and nurses were on shift change," they all stayed and wouldn't leave the baby."

Cecil said Detective Harris was contacted to interview the man who was suspected of harming the baby. "Detective Harris got enough to get the guy arrested and put in jail."

"Detective Harris did an amazing job. All the guys involved did a wonderful job," stated Cecil.



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