Texas Officer Saves 3-Year-old Who Suddenly Stopped Breathing

TIMEOctober 21, 2016

A Texas family says their 3-year-old son would not be alive today if it were not for the actions of one local police officer.

John Geis, Bethany Hoover, and their son Brayden Geis were at Hoover’s place of employment—a Kennedy Fried Chicken restaurant in Grandbury, Texas—on Oct. 12 when Brayden suddenly had a spiking fever, had a seizure, and stopped breathing.

In a 911 call at 6:59 p.m., Geis calmly tells the operator that his son wasn’t breathing as Hoover can be heard in the background frantically calling out to the young boy.

One minute later, Grandbury police officer Chase Miller, who coincidentally was listening to the EMS dispatcher radio at the time, rushed to the scene—and the harrowing moment was captured on the police cruiser’s dash cam.

As Miller pulls into the parking lot, he encounters a distraught Hoover holding Brayden’s limp body as John and several other people attempt to revive him.

Hoover hands Brayden over to Miller, who gently places the toddler onto the ground and starts to administer CPR. An emotional Hoover places her hands over her face as she steps away; John kneels nearby with his hands clasped near his face.

Miller then instructs John to continue chest compressions while he gets a CPR mask from the cruiser. Miller returns and continues to administer the lifesaving technique, until Brayden starts breathing again to the relief of his parents.

Brayden was rushed to a local hospital and he has since made a full recovery

A week after the incident on Oct. 18, Miller was recognized by city officials and he was awarded the Life Saving Award.

“Officer Miller’s exceptional performance reflect great credit upon himself, the Granbury Police Department and the city of Granbury,” police said, reported ABC News.

Brayden and his parents were in attendance Tuesday. The officer gave Brayden several toys, including a toy police dog.

“Go give him a hug,” Hoover told Brayden, sending him over to embrace Miller, reported NBC-DFW.

The family are indebted to Miller and they plan to stay in each other’s lives.

“I thought my life was over when it happened. I mean, he is my life,” Hoover said, in reference to Brayden. 

John Geis added, “He’s going to know who saved his life.”