2015 News Release

October 09, 2015

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State Trooper Saves Life of 8-Month-Old Baby Girl

Alexandria Township, N.J. – Trooper Benjamin Hockin is credited with saving the life of 8-month-old Lila Wolfram, of Alexandria Township, after she was found unresponsive and not breathing on Saturday, October 3. 

At approximately 6:48 a.m., Kingwood Station troopers were dispatched to a 911 call for an unconscious and unresponsive infant.  Trooper Benjamin Hockin was the first trooper to respond to the home.  When he arrived, he immediately retrieved an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from his troop car, which patrol troopers carry routinely. 

Prior to his arrival, a local family doctor responded to the home and was performing CPR.  Once Trooper Hockin was inside, he assessed Lila and discovered that she was not breathing and had no detectable pulse.  Relying on his training, he quickly deployed the AED.  He administered one shock based on information obtained from the AED and then began CPR.  He continued CPR until Milford-Holland EMS arrived on scene.  First responders administered a second shock before taking over CPR duties.

Lila was transported by Milford-Holland EMS to Hunterdon County Medical Center.  From there, she was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. 

The doctors and paramedics involved have commended Trooper Hockin for his outstanding life-saving efforts, which helped keep Lila alive until she received advanced treatment.  Trooper Hockin graduated the 155th New Jersey State Police Recruit Class this past February, Lila’s birthday month.

“Trooper Hockin’s quick and decisive actions are a credit to him and the New Jersey State Police,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.  “There is nothing more rewarding or meaningful than to save a life.  This is a memorable start to a bright and promising career.”

Picture of Trooper Benjamin Hockin

Trooper Benjamin Hockin


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