New Martinsville Council recognizes lifesaving effort


On a night where emergency squads were taxed to their limits, a group of police in New Martinsville made a team effort to save a baby’s life.

While paramedics were on scene of a deadly accident near the Natrium Plant on Route 2 a woman called 9-1-1 and said she thought her baby was dead.

Officers rushed to the scene finding the baby blue and barely breathing. New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil told his officers to wrap the baby in a blanket. He got in a cruiser and rushed him to Wetzel County Hospital.

From there the baby was flown to a trauma center at UPMC in Pittsburgh and is now doing much better. A grateful New Martinsville City Council presented the officers and dispatcher with “Distinguished Service” awards.

Chief Cecil praised the medical team for a job well done. “When I got there, everything just went the way we needed it to go. I got him up to Wetzel County Hospital, and I couldn’t ask for a better staff up there,” he said. “They stayed, it was actually shift change, and the nurses that were there stayed, and the nurses that came stayed, and both doctors stayed with this baby,” Cecil said.

Chief Cecil shied away from much of the credit, saying a “total team effort” saved the baby. According to Cecil, Detective Donnie Harris collected statements from the family which led to charging 36-year-old Joshua Lyons with child abuse resulting in injury. Patrolmen Tim Chichick and Jason Utt helped to collect the child and cleared traffic to get the injured baby to the hospital quickly. Dispatcher Iris Issacs kept the team coordinated and, as Cecil put it, “kept everyone sane.”

7News will continue to track this case, and update you as it progresses.

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