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Cop reunited with child he saved

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Cop Reunited with Child 2Sahara McCallister appeared with her mother and police officer Jonathan Pruziner. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN – The last time Montgomery County Police Officer Jonathan Pruziner saw 7-year-old Sahara McCallister, she was lying on her back cold and wet.

On Friday the two met again, as Sahara and her mother were reunited with the cop who saved her life after she went missing more than a week ago.

Sahara, who is autistic and nonverbal, ran away while a babysitter was watching her when her mother was at work. Pruziner, one of 15 officers who responded to the emergency call, found Sahara in a nearby pond suffering from hypothermia in near-freezing temperatures.

“She was pale. She was shaking. She was foaming at the mouth. I thought she was dying in my arms,” Mary Wimpy said after seeing her daughter in the hospital after Pruziner rescued her.

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Silver Diner comes to the aid of autistic youth

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autismROCKVILLE- If children who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder are fortunate, they will receive support from medical professionals, friends, family, and teachers in confronting the social and academic challenges they face. In addition to these sources of support, one local boy has been greatly helped by the staff of his favorite restaurant.

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Police department to use grant for autism safety

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walmart logoA Germantown Wal-Mart awarded the Montgomery County Police Department a $2,000 grant through the Wal-Mart Community Grants Program, which the department plans to use for creating wandering prevention kits for children with autism, according to a MCPD press release.

Officer Laurie Reyes, who runs the department’s autism and Alzheimer’s outreach and wandering prevention program, along with Assistant Chief Betsy Davis, accepted the grant from the Wal-Mart store, located at 20910 Frederick Road, on behalf of the Montgomery County Police Foundation and the department.  

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