Officer Richard Broz on the cover of ''Tactical Edge'' Magazine
On March 19, 1999, a narcotics search warrant was executed on East 21st Street by the SWAT Team and Narcotics Bureau. During the raid, Officer Steve Schmittle discovered a two-year old boy, who looked pale and had not been awakened during the commotion of the raid.
Suspecting something was wrong with the child, Officer Schmittle called for the SWAT Team's tactical paramedic. When I examined the child, he was unconscious and unresponsive and showed signs of hypoxia, which is a lack of oxygen to the body and brain. This is a condition associated with the prolonged exposure to crack cocaine. It appeared that the child, who was lying on a bed littered with cocaine residue and paraphernalia in a bedroom next to the room where most of the crack smoking took place, had ingested cocaine or succumbed to the second-hand smoke of the drug abusers. After administering emergency medical treatment to the child, he was revived enough to transport to the hospital by ambulance where laboratory tests revealed the presence of cocaine in his body. He seems to have recovered completely. The criminal trial of his mother is still pending as of this date.