Restaurant Server Saved by Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief at Clarksville Restaurant

by Patrick Herron

Assistant Police Chief Marc Yamada was off-duty and eating dinner with his family at Bushel and Peck at 12242 Clarksville Pike last Thursday when his server Vanessa Lopez starting having a seizure.

When Yamada noticed Lopez drop the plates and glasses she was holding, he sprung into action. “I knew to try to protect her head from banging itself into the ground more,” he told WJZ Baltimore. “I just tried to keep her calm, reassure her. I kept telling her its okay, I’m here with you. I started pounding on her back and when I did that four or five times, she suddenly gasped and started gurgling little bit and then came around.”

Lopez was then taken to a local hospital for treatment. She told WJZ that her CT Scan came back clean and she’s waiting to see a neurologist to discover the cause of her seizure.

Assistant Chief Marc Yamada was born and raised in Wheaton and has spent his entire life living in and raising his family, including four children, in Montgomery County, according to MCPD.  He graduated from Wheaton High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University.  Yamada has served as a Montgomery County police officer since 1988 and he has worked in all four Bureaus in the Department.



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