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Media Advisory: Four-Year-Old Resident to Receive 5th District Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 13, 2020


5th District Commander Mark Plazinski and 5th District Lieutenant Jae Hwang will present a Germantown boy, accompanied by his mother, with the Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the 4-year-old's efforts to go find help for his mother when she was in medical distress.  Sergeant Peter Johnson, who nominated the boy for this award, will also be in attendance.


Tuesday, January 14, at 4:30 p.m.


5th District Police Station

20000 Aircraft Drive

Germantown, Maryland 20874


On December 20, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a concerned resident called 911 to report that he had located a small child who was crying and walking unaccompanied on Thunderhead Way in Germantown.  Officers responded and spoke with the child, who was able to state his name and show officers where he lived on Thunderhead Way.  No one was in the child's residence, so officers began attempting to locate a parent/guardian.  The child made statements that made the officers believe that his mother was experiencing a medical emergency.

Through investigation, officers were able to locate the boy's mother in a nearby school parking lot; she was found unconscious.  Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the location and transported the mother to a local hospital for treatment.

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Release ID: 20-027
Media Contact: Rebecca Innocenti 
Categories: media-advisory