By COLlive reporter
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams honored on Wednesday members of the Sea Gate Police Department as “Heroes of the Month” for March 2016 for saving a 5-month-old choking baby.
He also honored a Good Samaritan from Williamsburg who rescued a woman from jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge.
On January 25th, Sergeant Fredrick Manney responded to a call that a baby in Sea Gate was having trouble breathing. When he arrived, five-month-old Mikaela Tatarkina was completely unresponsive.
Manney administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), called an ambulance, and then continued to perform CPR. Based on his training in the US Army, Manney placed an ice pack under Mikaela, which helped to revive her.
Officers Vinny Giardiello, Joseph Pascone, Nuchem Schwartz, and Thomas Schulz, and Cadet Elijah Santos of the Sea Gate Police Department helped clear the way.
They cleared Neptune Avenue for the ambulance and retrieved all the food and medication that the baby had recently consumed in order to perform tests at the hospital.
Tatarkina arrived safely at the hospital and has since recovered.
“The work of the Sea Gate Police Department to save the life of Mikaela personifies public service,” Adams said. “These individuals used all of their training to answer the call of duty and to prevent a tragedy.”
Also honored was was Shloime Kohn, a frum Jewish resident of Williamsburg, who helped save a troubled woman from committing suicide on the Brooklyn Bridge.
As reported on COLlive.com, Kohn noticed a woman who was about to jump off of the span on the morning of March 14th.
He stopped his car on the bridge and, with the assistance of a Lubavitcher woman from Crown Heights who asked not to be named and other individuals, held her and contacted the police.
When NYPD officers arrived, the woman was transported to Woodhull Medical Center for treatment. Asked about his bravery, he told a local newspaper that “it was nothing special… just did what I had to do.”