FANWOOD, NJ -- Two Fanwood police officers who responded to a call for help after a little boy, 4 1/2 year old Luke Haight, fell off his scooter and briefly lost consciousness. Fortunately, the boy was wearing a helmet at the time.

"The doctor (pediatrician) said he suffered a slight concussion, cracked helmet and a few bruises. He lost control and fell off the scooter, while his dad was nearby," said Officer Mike Rusin, who responded to the scene with Officer Dan Piccola.

Fortunately, the boy did not have to be hospitalized, Rusin said.

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The officers initially were going to buy a new helmet for the boy. However, Chief Richard Trigo informed them that the Fanwood police have a supply of helmets purchased through a grant from the New Jersey Brain Institute.

"I'm pleased the boy was wearing a helmet to prevent more serious injury. It shows how effective bike helmets can be," said Chief Trigo. "I'm glad that we could provide a new helmet and put a smile on his face."

"I hope parents will read this and make sure their children wear helmets. The boy's injuries could have been a lot worse had he not been wearing a helmet," Chief Trigo added.

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