Illinois Police Officers Save Choking Toddler, Incident Captured on Camera
Two police officers in Schaumburg, Illinois, are being called heroes after they performed an emergency rescue to save a baby girl’s life.
Their rescue was caught on the police cruiser’s dash camera.
The 18-month-old had stopped breathing and showed no vital signs. The car the baby was in had stopped near Route 53. The girl’s grandmother called 911 after realizing the girl was in trouble sitting in her car seat.
Officer Bryan Poradzisz and officer Kevin O’Connor arrived on the scene, as paramedics were still on the way, the Chicago Tribune reported.
They started with the Heimlich maneuver, but the baby was unresponsive and turning blue.
They moved onto CPR, but that didn’t work either. The two then figured they needed to somehow clear the baby’s airway, police said.
What they did is a something called a “finger sweep” of her mouth and airway. The child then started breathing and regained consciousness.
The baby was then handed to paramedics and was assessed at a local hospital.
Police aren’t sure what caused the baby to choke.
“The Schaumburg Police Department commends Officer Poradzisz and Officer O’Connor for their outstanding work,” police said in a statement, reported NBC Chicago.
“Just to know how quickly they got there and they were able to revive her, and the paramedics were right behind them,” Sonia Melendez, the girl’s grandmother, told the Chicago Daily Herald. “I know they do these things every day, but I’m grateful just to know they were there to help us.”