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OSP Springfield-area Trooper Receives Department Lifesaving Award
02/22/2008
Lieutenant Mike Bloom
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

The quick lifesaving actions of an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper for his efforts to save an infant this summer in Lane County was recognized Friday when Superintendent Timothy McLain presented the Department’s “Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award.”
 
Trooper Core and Superintendent McLain
On August 31, 2007 at approximately 8:15 p.m., OSP Trooper Clay Core was northbound in a marked OSP patrol car on Highway 99 at the north end of Junction City with emergency lights activated to a report of a disorderly person on a Greyhound bus that had stopped on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 5 near Harrisburg.  As Trooper Core was northbound, a 17-year old female pushed a stroller with her one-year old male child across the highway into the patrol car’s path.  The patrol car struck the stroller, ejecting the child who was in a car seat out of the stroller and onto the highway.
 
After stopping the patrol car, Trooper Core immediately initiated care to the seriously injured child who reportedly stopped breathing.  Trooper Core’s response was instrumental in saving the child’s life.
 
During a presentation at the OSP Springfield Area Command office in front of fellow co-workers, family and friends, Superintendent Timothy McLain recognized Trooper Core for his actions under pressure.
 
“When faced with an extremely difficult and emotional situation you remained focused on performing life saving actions until medical personnel arrived.  Your quick reactions and ability to perform under pressure saved the life of an infant who is expected to fully recover,” Superintendent McLain said.
 
Trooper Core, age 25, has been a member of the Oregon State Police for nearly two years and is assigned to the Springfield Area Command office.
 
The "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" is named after Lieutenant Harold R. Berg who died on May 10, 1975. Lieutenant Berg, while off duty, was contacted by a citizen who informed him that a boy scout was missing at Cape Lookout State Park. While attempting to search a cave near the water's edge, he was washed out to sea.
 
The award is given to State Police employees who distinguish themselves by performing or reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner which saves, or reduces the risk of loss of life of another person; and, where a strong possibility existed that if such action wasn't taken, loss of life or serious injury would have resulted.