Howard County police sergeant saves young child

Howard County police said one of its sergeants saved the life of a 9-year-old girl over the weekend.

Sgt. Michael Johnson rescued the girl from the Little Patuxent River near Savage Mill said on May 25, police said in a release. 

While on foot patrol, Johnson heard the child shouting. When he approached the river, he realized that she was in shoulder-deep water. Johnson, then, swam to the child and freed her from the wrath of the river’s current, according to Howard County police, 

"This is an example of the ways in which our officers put their lives on the line every day," said Police Chief William J. McMahon. "We are very proud of Sgt. Johnson for all that he did to ensure this situation had a good outcome."

Police in the released warned residents to be aware of water safety issues heading into the summer season.

From the release: 

As summer gets underway, officials from Howard County Recreation & Parks stress that swimming is not allowed in any county park. Signs are posted and include symbols to eliminate language barriers. Open water swimming poses different risks than pool swimming and should be considered highly dangerous because of limited visibility, tidal action and fluctuations in water depth and temperature.

If you see someone fall into the water:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Give accurate information about where you saw the victim go in, what the victim was wearing and any notable landmarks you see.
  • Do not attach anything to yourself and toss it to a victim in the water. You will be pulled in by the force of the current.
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