On October 4, 2015 19 year old Matt Morgan a resident of Columbia County was speeding through Red Hook, N.Y. with his 22 month old son who is also named Matthew. Sgt. Patrick Hildenbrand of the Red Hook Police Department saw him driving so fast and turned to pull him over with his emergency lights on. Morgan couldn’t have been happier to have ever seen a Police car in his life.
Morgan told ABC7 News “I was going and then he hit his lights and then as soon as I seen that I stopped and I ran to his car. You get through traffic a lot faster,” Morgan said. “He has a young boy in his hands and he’s running at me, yelling at me, his son is not breathing. ‘I think my son is dead, my son is not breathing,'” Hildenbrand said.
Morgan’s son had suffered a seizure and had collapsed prior to his frantic drive. He had jumped into the car and was speeding toward the hospital in a frenzy. Now he had hoped the Officer could save the child’s life by getting him to the hospital faster.
Morgan got in the back of the Police SUV with his son as Sgt. Hildenbrand started driving and began chest compressions on the child through the partition of the cruiser as he drove to the Hospital.
“I reached my hand back here as I’m driving, moved my body over and started doing all the compressions and feeling for a pulse while I could still operate the vehicle,” Hildenbrand said.
Sgt. Hildebrand says he is not a hero but the hospital staff disagrees. “I really don’t think this child would be here today if it wasn’t for those efforts. I think the key is when you can start rescue CPR out in the community it certainly, the earlier you start it the better outcomes you have,” said Dr. John Sabia, of Northern Dutchess Hospital.
Although tests were performed on the child the doctors are perplexed as to what had caused the seizure on the child, he is however home and reported to be fine at the moment thanks to the efforts of Sgt. Hildenbrand.