Cen­tre­ville child’s foot am­pu­tated in mow­ing ac­ci­dent


Spe­cial from the Bay Times

— The quick ac­tions of po­lice of­fi­cers may have saved the life of a 3-year-old boy whose foot was am­pu­tated in a mow­ing ac­ci­dent April 22.

Emer­gency per­son­nel were dis­patched at 11:44 a.m. to the 200-block of Fairview Farm Lane for an un­known emer­gency with scream­ing and a child cry­ing, said Lt. Dale Patrick of the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Be­fore they ar­rived, they were up­dated to re­spond to the Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Depart­ment


park­ing lot, where they met the fam­ily with the in­jured child.

The 3-year-old had been in the house with his mother, while his fa­ther was out mow­ing the lawn, Patrick said. The boy man­aged to open the door on his own and went run­ning to­ward the rid­ing mower; his fa­ther didn’t see the boy, and as he made a turn the mower ran over the child, am­pu­tat­ing his foot, Patrick said.

Maj. Dwayne Board­man and of­fi­cers from CPD quickly ap­plied a tourni­quet in the park­ing lot to stop the bleed­ing, he said.

The quick ac­tions of Board­man, the CPD of­fi­cers, Good­will Fire Com­pany vol­un­teers and county paramedics likely saved the child’s life, Patrick said.

The child was taken by am­bu­lance to a land­ing zone set up in a field near Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church, then moved to a Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter, which flew him to Johns Hop­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more.

Patrick and Lt. Mark Meil re­trieved the re­mains of the child’s foot and de­liv­ered them to the he­li­copter, too, he said.

Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices re­ceived word from Hop­kins that “there is no doubt that the ap­pli­ca­tion of that tourni­quet ab­so­lutely saved the child’s life to­day,” Patrick said.

He praised the “ex­cel­lent job” done by all the per­son­nel re­spond­ing to the emer­gency — “dis­patch­ers, law en­force­ment, fire de­part- ment, EMS and MSP Avi­a­tion.”

The child’s con­di­tion was listed as “un­de­ter­mined” Fri­day night, said Marisol Martinez with me­dia re­la­tions at Johns Hop­kins Chil­dren’s Cen­ter.

The sher­iff’s crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit is han­dling the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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