Quick-Witted Sengkang Police Officers Save Boy’s Life
Clad in sleek dark-blue uniforms and armed with pistols, our officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) work round the clock to keep Singapore safe — ensuring we are able to sleep soundly at night. Their hard work might be reflected in how Singapore is one of the top 25 safest countries in the world.
Constantly on their toes in the event of any emergency, they respond efficiently to harrowing situations.
And this was exactly what happened at Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC); three police officers’ quick-witted actions helped save a boy’s life.
Unconscious 2-Year-Old Boy
While most of us were unwinding from the stresses of the weekdays on Saturday March 18, Police Senior Staff Sergeant Mohamad Azhar Abdul Aziz was on duty at Sengkang NPC.
But it was far from a typical working day for the 30-year-old.
Whilst attending to a complaint from a member of the public, a distraught elderly woman rushed into the NPC. In her arms laid an unconscious 2-year-old boy whose limbs were abnormally flaccid.
To make matters worse, the distressed woman spoke in Mandarin with neither Senior Staff Sergeant Azhar nor his colleague Sergeant Mohamad Adam Roslan, 26, able to follow her.
Three Heroic Police Officers
Despite the confusion, the two sprung into action swiftly. Sergeant Adam promptly called for an ambulance while Senior Staff Sergeant Azhar conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after failing to detect a pulse nor breathing from the boy.
As he was about to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation he observed the boy’s teeth was tightly clenched. This implied he was breathing again but suffering from seizures.
A third police officer, Staff Sergeant Joshua Kwek, 27, was having lunch on the 2nd floor when he learnt of the situation. He sprinted to the neighbouring Sengkang Polyclinic that had closed for the day but as luck would have it, he found a doctor who hadn’t left for home yet.
He hurried back to the NPC to inform Senior Staff Sergeant Azhar, who in turn carried the boy over to the polyclinic to receive medical attention at the doctor’s consultation room.
Soon after, an ambulance arrived and the boy was treated at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Conceivably, the boy’s grandmother was thankful to the three officers.
Their superior, Assistant Superintendent of Police Muhamad Iskandar Abdul Kadir, the officer-in-charge of the community policing unit for Sengkang NPC, praised them.
“I am glad they took the initiative to take the boy to the polyclinic instead of waiting for the ambulance.” reported The New Paper.
Netizens who came across their heroic tale also left heartfelt messages of appreciation.
While we’re at it, let’s not overlook the polyclinic doctor who played an equally crucial role by giving the boy medical attention while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Kudos To SPF
More often than not, the good work of police officers either goes unnoticed or gets taken for granted. Sometimes, they do more than just patrol the streets and solve crime — they save lives too.
The three police officers who saved the 2-year-old child’s life just proved how competent the SPF can be. It’s comforting to know Singapore is in safe hands with such an accomplished team of police officers serving us.