After his playing career at Rutgers came to an end in 2004, former Scarlet Knights team captain Ray Pilch moved into law enforcement and became a police officer in Piscataway, N.J. – just a few miles from Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.
Late last week, Pilch and another officer saved the life of a 3-month old boy who had stopped breathing.
Pilch was the first officer to arrive on the scene following a 9-1-1 call on Thursday afternoon. According to NJ.com, Pilch performed CPR on the unconscious boy, whose skin “had turned blue.” Officer Michael Rountree then arrived on the scene and helped Pilch revive the child while receiving CPR instructions from dispatcher Cara Brandenburg.
Thanks to their efforts, the baby’s color returned and he was able to breathe on his own.
The officers' efforts worked: the baby's color returned to a healthy pinkish-white as he began to breathe on his own once more. Then he started crying. Officers continued to administer oxygen until ambulances from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and JFK Hospital arrived. The baby was taken to St. Peter's University Hospital for treatment.
"I am proud to commend Dispatcher Brandenburg and Officers Pilch and Rountree for their quick actions that made a difference," said Piscataway Police Chief Richard Ivone.
Pilch arrived at Rutgers as a walk-on in 2001 and worked his way into the starting lineup as a fullback and tight end. After catching 24 passes for 296 yards, Pilch bulked up and moved to center as a senior, earned the starting role and was named one of three team captains.
Pilch, who played at Piscataway High School, also earned the Scholar Athlete Award, the Paul Robeson Award for leadership and was a three-time Academic All-American during his time at Rutgers.
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