Former RH Liaison Officer Recognized for Saving a Life

Some River Hill residents may know Howard County police officer, Cpl. Terrence Benn, who saved a substitute teacher’s life last month.

Cpl. Benn, who was River Hill’s Community Liaison Officer until recently, was out on a traffic stop when a 911 call came in
that a man collapsed in a Reservoir High School classroom, according to a report from the Howard County Police Department.

Benn used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to revive the victim, who turned out to be a substitute teacher, police said.
The teacher was taken to a local hospital, where he is still being treated, according to police.

The school resource officer normally on duty at Reservoir was out sick that day, according to the statement.

“This time of year is often called the season of miracles, which seems especially fitting…” police said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Benn received the Howard County Police Department’s Outstanding Community Service Award for 2014.

“He is a true example of our outstanding members, who are trained to act quickly in any situation,” Howard County Police
Chief Gary L. Gardner said. “I was not surprised at all to learn of Cpl. Benn’s decisive actions and could not be more proud of him.”

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