Off-duty Greenwich officer saves infants

Policeman dives into pond at Greenwich Point after stroller tips

An off-duty Greenwich Police officer dove into the water and rescued two infants after their stroller tipped and slide down a bank at Greenwich Point Park Friday, March 11.

FI-PoliceA Stamford resident walking at the park with two children in a double-stroller and her dog stopped to talk to a friend around 4 p.m. The stoller, placed on uneven ground, tipped and slid down an embankment on the Eagle Pond Causeway. Police said the stroller slid seven feet before it struck a large rock, knocking the two baby carriers from lower, wheeled portion of the stroller.

The children went in opposite directions and into the water, according to police.

Officer Thomas Heustis who was off-duty and outisde on the spring-like day, immediately dove into the water and rescued the 13-month-old child and the 6-week old infant while the mother scrambled down the embankment.

Three other civilians bystanders arrived almost immediately after and assisted the mother and children.

The mother and her two infants were transported to the Stamford Hospital Emergency Room as a precautionary measure. All three are unharmed and have gone home.

The parents of the children would like to keep their identities anonymous, according to Greenwich Police but they did want to thank everyone for helping today and they told police that Officer Huestis was “tremendous.”

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