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Police Officer Credited With Saving Young Girl's Life In Area

East Fishkill Police officer Martyn was credited with saving a child's life.
East Fishkill Police officer Martyn was credited with saving a child's life. Photo Credit: Town of Fishkill Police Department

A quick-thinking police officer was in the right place at the right time and is now being credited for saving the life of a child who was choking.

A Dutchess County 911 alert was issued warning officers in the Town of Fishkill that a child was choking and not breathing on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Town of Fishkill Police Officer Kevin Martyn jumped into action when the dispatch came across his radio, and he was able to arrive at the scene within seconds. Martyn then was able to remove the object from the child’s airway and performed CPR, resulting in her life being saved.

Police said that the girl was transported to Vassar Hospital by paramedics and then airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, where she made a full recovery.

According to the department, Martyn had recently retired from the New Castle Police Department and was quickly hired by the Town of Fishkill Police Department.

“Officer Martyn, you will always be my hero!!! You saved my granddaughter's life,” Leslie Spurgin posted on Facebook. “Not only did you save our precious Peanut, you saved an entire family!

"I will never forget you and will be eternally grateful to you and God that you were in the right place at the right time. God bless you and your family. And the entire Fishkill police force. Thank you for all you do every day!”

Martyn was quick to respond to Spurgin, saying, “ I'm so glad God put me in a position to help your beautiful Willa! She will always hold a special place in my heart!”

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