CLARKSVILLE, Md. - A 10-year-old Clarksville boy is safe at home thanks to the rescue efforts of five different agencies across four different jurisdictions, according to a release.
Phillip Swenson wandered away from his parents’ home in the 1300 block of Wayside Drive in Clarksville on Aug. 18. He had been playing in the wooded area behind his home, which borders the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission Triadelphia Reservoir property.
Phillip’s parents searched for an hour before calling police. But much more than just the cavalry came running over the hill.
"When our son Phillip was missing and we had to call in help to find him, my husband and I were impressed by the cooperation of the first responders from four different jurisdictions: Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County and the WSSC," Karin Swenson, Phillip’s mother, said in a release. "What a shining example of cooperation and teamwork without ego. My husband and I are so thankful for all four jurisdictions, and their first responders, who seamlessly coordinated to find our son."
The Howard County Police Department deployed its Aviation Unit in search of Phillip. They were joined on the ground by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Montgomery County police and WSSC police. Anne Arundel County sent air support as well.
It took about two hours for the eyes in the sky to spot young Phillip at the base of the Brighton Dam. Officers on the ground were directed to the boy’s location. A police corporal waded into the water to grab Phillip who was found healthy and unharmed.
"The flight that located Phillip is a perfect example of what we can accomplish when we work together," Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said in a statement.
Howard County and Anne Arundel County have worked together since 1999 in developing the Aviation Unit. Today both agencies share resources including equipment and personnel in a mutual aid agreement.
"This case highlights the importance of collaborative partnerships between law enforcement agencies," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis said. "I fully support and understand the importance of sharing resources across jurisdictional boundaries to better serve the public."
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