Coral Springs Police Officers Rescue Child Pinned Under Vehicle


By Kevin Deutsch

Two Coral Springs Police Officers helped rescue a child bicyclist pinned beneath a vehiclea story that ended happily with police freeing the boy and gifting him a brand new bike, the police department said Friday.

Officers Alishia Cajuste and Chris Swinson were working a detail at Renaissance Charter School on Feb. 2 when Cajuste was notified of a bicyclist pinned under a vehicle just south of the school, police said in a Facebook post.

Cajuste rushed to the scene along with Swinson, who was already in the area. When they arrived, they found a boy named Mason, a student at Renaissance Charter School whose last name was not made public, pinned under a vehicle with his bicycle, body camera video shows.

Swinson, Cajuste, and Margate Police Department Officer Kahlyl Antoine bent the pinned bicycle enough to free Mason and carry him to an arriving rescue truck, authorities said.

Mason was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Last week, Coral Springs Police officers joined Margate Police and Margate Fire Department personnel in gifting Mason a new bicycle, police said.

In addition to the bike, authorities said they gave Mason challenge coins, a patch, and a “bag of goodies” from the Coral Springs Police Department.

All three officers involved in Mason’s rescue work closely with the public and have been recognized for good works in the past.

Swinson was his department’s 2019 Officer of the Year. In 2018, Antoine was named Margate Police Officer of the Month for August and received the Lifesaver Commendation from the city.

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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