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.


Rockville officer injured in crash

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IMG 009A Rockville police officer suffered minor injuries this week after a car accident. PHOTO BY JIM DAVIS  

A Rockville city police officer was released from the hospital with minor injuries after an automobile accident in his cruiser Saturday night.

Duglan Renan Claros Cruz, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after he hit Rockville City Police Officer Seth Creel, who was traveling southbound near the 1000 block of Rockville Pike. Police say Claros Cruz’s while driving his 1997 Honda struck Creel’s cruiser as he was attempting to make a left turn.

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