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Officers Save Baby Choking, Gasping For Air In Massachusetts

Springfield Police save a baby girl who was choking on formula.
Springfield Police save a baby girl who was choking on formula. Video Credit: Springfield Police Dept

Two police officers in Western Massachusetts are being hailed as heroes after saving a baby who was choking.

The incident took place in Springfield on Monday, May 9.

Springfield Police officers Christopher Charles and Luis Rodriguez were working a construction detail at the intersection of Bradley and Wilbraham Roads when a vehicle approached the work zone, said Ryan Walsh, spokesman for the Springfield Police.

A woman got out of the vehicle and began screaming that her baby wasn’t breathing. The officers immediately ran to the vehicle and found the 3-month-old baby girl to be pale, choking, and gasping for air, Walsh said.

Officer Rodriguez immediately requested an ambulance while Officer Charles removed the baby from her car seat and placed the baby face down on his forearm and patted her on the back to help clear her airway. Shortly after, the baby responded by crying, Walsh said.

AMR paramedics arrived soon after and transported the baby to an area hospital for further evaluation. The baby was released from the hospital later on Monday.

“I am so proud of these officers who immediately took action, kept their composure in a stressful situation, and worked together to help this baby,” Police superintendent Cheryl Clapprood said. “Officers start every shift not knowing what they may face that day or how they may be able to make an impact, and I am thankful that they were in the right place at the right time to use their training to save a life.”

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