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LD 03 - Legislator James F. Mazzarella

Posted on: February 24, 2022

Legislator Mazzarella Thanks Hero Cops for Saving Newborn Baby


Shirley, N.Y. – Legislator Jim Mazzarella recently had the opportunity to recognize two heroic Police Officer from Suffolk County’s Seventh Precinct whose actions while responding to an emergency helped save the life of a newborn.  

On Friday January 28, Police Officers Alexander Hendrickson and Cory Banwaree responded to a 911 call for a woman who was alone in her home and was about to give birth.  By the time the Officers arrived at the home, the woman had given birth to a baby girl named Lily.  Both Officers immediately jumped into action to help the mother and her newborn child when they noticed something was wrong because the baby was not crying.  Officer Banwaree retrieved blankets and all other necessities, while Officer Hendrickson cleared the baby’s airway, turned her over and patted on her back until she began to cry.  A Ridge Fire District Ambulance then transported both the mother and the baby to the hospital.  

“I firmly believe that we have the finest trained Police Officers in the Country working with us right here in Suffolk County.”  Stated Legislator Mazzarella.  “The quick actions by these two officers in their response to this emergency is a testament to that training.” 

At a small ceremony at the Seventh Precinct, Legislator Mazzarella and Inspector Matthew McCormick recognized the two Police Officers and presented them with proclamations congratulating them on a job well done.   

“In this day and age it is reassuring to know that we can always count on our Suffolk County Police Officers no matter what circumstances they find themselves in.” Said Mazzarella.

PO Banwaree has been on patrol with the Seventh Precinct for the last 5 years and has been previously recognized for his hard work and dedication to the community and the Police Department. PO Hendrickson has been on patrol with the Seventh Precinct for 3 years and was recently transferred to the Community Support Unit.  

“I am always honored to recognize our brave men and women in law enforcement.” Stated Mazzarella.  “I would like to thank all of the command staff and Officers at the Seventh Precinct for everything that they do for our community and our residents on a daily basis.  I would also like to thank the fine volunteers of the Ridge Fire Department for their speedy response.  Our first responders give selflessly of their time in order to protect the residents of Suffolk County.”    

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