BELMONT — The Irish American Police Officers Association (IAPOA) is pleased to announce that two Boston Police officers were honored with the IAPOA Lifesaving Award for helping to save an infant that stopped breathing.
On Dec. 7, IAPOA President Bob Sweetland attended a ceremony to present Boston Police Officers Taylor Green and Owen Murray with the IAPOA Lifesaving Award.
On May 17, 2020, Officer Green and Officer Murray responded to a call on Bragdon Street in Boston reporting an infant in respiratory distress.
Upon arrival, both officers raced to a second-floor apartment where a distraught mother handed them a 1-year-old child who was not breathing.
Officer Murray, assisted by Officer Green, began infant CPR and within a few minutes, the baby began to cry.
The baby was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital for evaluation and further treatment.
“When an infant’s life and welfare were on the line, the quick and professional response of Officer Murray and Officer Green undoubtedly made a difference,” said President Sweetland. “I’m pleased the IAPOA can recognize this lifesaving effort.”
The IAPOA usually holds an annual awards dinner for all honorees, but has been unable to do so for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year the IAPOA is recognizing honorees by traveling to meet them and present the awards individually. The IAPOA is hopeful they will be able to host an in-person dinner and awards ceremony again next year.
Individuals and organizations can be nominated for awards in six categories:
- Meritorious Service
- Community Service
- Humanitarian Acts
The IAPOA also recognizes the sacrifice made in line-of-duty deaths with a Medal of Honor presented posthumously to the families of fallen officers.
The IAPOA is a designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For further information or to become a member, please visit www.irishamericanpolice.org.