Waterloo officer rescues toddler from canal

On Tuesday at 12:41 pm, the Waterloo Village Police Department received a call from the Seneca County E-911 Dispatch Center, that a woman residing at 332 East Main Street, Waterloo, found a three and four old child in her back yard, unattended. Upon arrival, Waterloo Police Officers Matthew V. Scaglione and James B. Chechak started to look for the children who were now gone from the woman’s yard. Officer Chechak found the father of the children, Neil T. McMillen, age 35, who resides with the children’s mother, Chelsea Ticer, age 25, at 336 East Main Street inWaterloo. When the father was located he was with the four year old child but the three year old was missing. Officers immediately called for additional assistance from the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department and Seneca County Sheriff’s Department due to the back yard of the fathers residence bordering on the NYS Barge Canal. Officer Matthew V. Scaglione, immediately went to the canal and saw the three year old child in the barge canal about half way across. The child was floating on his back. Officer Scaglione, jumped into the canal and swam out and retrieved the child. The child was brought to shore by Officer Scaglione and he immediately started first aid to revive the child as the child was struggling to breath. The child was revived and was taken to the front yard and handed off to members of the Waterloo Fire Department and North Seneca Ambulance, who had arrived to assist in the search. North Seneca Ambulance transported the three year old child to Geneva General Hospital and then transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital, Pediatric Unit. Due to the quick and heroic efforts of Officer Scaglione, he was able to save the life of the three year old child. Assisting in the search and rescue effort were personnel from the Waterloo Fire Department, North Seneca Ambulance, Seneca County Sheriff’s Department, and Office of Emergency Services. Investigation into the incident revealed that the children and crawled out a bedroom window. Officers are continuing their investigation with the assistance of the Seneca County Department of Human Services, Child Protective Unit. Chief of Police Marquart stated, “…once again I found a dedicated and cooperative effort of emergency services working together which resulted in saving a life and locating a lost child. Needless to say, I am very proud of the actions of Officer Scaglione and Officer Chechak”.

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