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Officer who saved infant honored

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New patrolman introduced

By Cindy Simpson

A Harriman police officer acted quickly to save the life of a choking infant last month.

His employers took notice.

Michael Wesley Cox was honored for his work this month with a medal of commendation and lifesaving ribbon.

“Officer Cox cleared the child’s airway by turning her over and slapping her on the back three times,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said, reading the commendation Cox received.

Cox received the call about the 3-week-old infant choking on Bennett Circle on the evening of Dec. 6.

Police Chief Randy Heidle said the department has began giving out the commendation ribbons for such deeds as a way to honor and encourage his officers for jobs well done.

Heidle said the ribbons were to be worn at ceremonies and other formal activities where dress uniforms would be worn.

Officials also introduced a new patrolman on the force.

Edward Jackson will be working the midnight shift with Lt. Baron Tapp. Heidle said Jackson recently graduated from the academy and was the class leader.

Mason noted that Jackson had quite a list of qualifications.

“I taught him everything he knows,” quipped Councilman Ken Mynatt, who works for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

“We still hired him anyway,” Heidle shot back.