Every day, members of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Police (MCLEP) serve on Marine Corps installations as a part of the Marine Corps Police Force. Among more than 850 civilian police officers serving the Marine Corps community, Glen McCauley, police officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, was one of those who responded with the training and knowledge required to save the lives of others.
“I was patrolling,” McCauley said. “I was driving down Brewster Boulevard heading towards Holcomb. I see a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder with the door open. I saw a woman frantically trying to help her child.”
Brittany Higgly, the mother of Coraline Colby, was on her way to daycare when Higgly first saw her daughter in distress.
“It was the first time that I had let her hold her lunch instead of leaving it in the front seat with me,” Higgly said. “When I saw her in distress, I saw that she had gotten into her lunch and realized that she was choking.”
Higgly turned Colby on her back trying to clear the blockage by patting Colby on the back. When that became unsuccessful, Higgly dropped to her knees in a panic.
“I was scared,” Higgly said. “I wasn’t sure what she was chewing on or choking on. I couldn’t get it out while I was in full panic by myself on the side of the road.”
“As soon as I got out of my vehicle, I could see that [Colby] was choking,” McCauley said. “There was obviously genuine distress going on. I notified dispatch for EMS that I got a choking infant. I immediately took her and flipped her to provide the aid that I was trained to provide. As I was rendering the necessary aid, a piece of an orange came out of her airway.”
“I think that [McCauley] is an amazing person,” Higgly said. “With the responding, the calmness, I was clearly not as calm as I should have been. He is my hero right now when it comes to my child.”
On another prior shift, McCauley responded to a call for assistance to a
pregnant woman going into labor.
“I got called out for a woman who was 38 weeks pregnant and in active labor,” McCauley said. “I paid attention to the Lamaze class that I had gone to with my wife when I
had my kids. I did what I was supposed to do to get her comfortable and prepared if the baby were
to come before she got to the hospital.”
McCauley put this knowledge and training into practice until emergency services arrived on the scene. The mother gave birth in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
With his training as a former active-duty Marine and as a MCLEP officer, McCauley was able to stay calm and take control of the situation for two people who truly needed his help.