Quick action by police and citizens saved a drowning victim in Ocean City, Md., on Sept. 30.
Visitors at the Quality Inn Boardwalk Hotel called 911 when a man fell into the hotel pool around 10:50 p.m. at 17th Street and the Boardwalk.
When the 911 call came in, Ocean City Police Officer Justin Hoban, a resident of Selbyville, was the nearest emergency responder. He arrived to find the man still in the water, but several bystanders had jumped in the pool to help get him out.
As they moved the victim to the poolside, Hoban immediately saw that the man’s face was purple and that he was not breathing. He and others pulled the man from the water, and Hoban performed CPR, reviving the man.
Ocean City paramedics arrived soon thereafter and took the victim to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was expected to make a full recovery. (The victim’s name was not released.)
There was no official indication as to what factors caused the 50-year-old man to fall in the first place, said Michael Levy, public information officer for the OCPD.
Because of Hoban’s quick action, a man is still walking around today and can be confident in returning to Ocean City in the future, Levy explained.
“Justin did exactly was he was supposed to; he didn’t hesitate,” Levy said.
OCPD officers are trained in CPR, recertifying annually. They are often first responders to emergency medical situations because they are already on patrol, Levy noted.
Hoban is a Selbyville resident and former baseball player at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He joined the police force full time in 2008.
“Everybody that Justin works with and interacts with has the highest regard for him,” said Levy.
Levy said Hoban is a positive, honorable and conscientious officer who truly joined the force “to make a difference.”
“We’re as proud of the citizens that were there to assist him,” Levy added.
Levy said the incident apparently happened very quickly, but all of the hotel staff and citizens responded appropriately. He reminded people to be safe during the off-season in Ocean City, especially people who feel at all unwell.