As a police officer, you are required to wear many different hats.
On any given day you could be tasked with writing traffic tickets, getting into physical altercations, and responding to emergency situations.
For Nick St. Onge, a police officer in Georgia, performing CPR on a two-month-old infant was what he was tasked with this day.
St. Onge responded to call about an infant that was choking.
As he pulls up to the scene, his dashcam and bodycam catch the entire incident on film.
He arrives to find a woman holding a baby that doesn’t seem to be breathing.
The officer quickly takes the baby from the woman and begins performing CPR.
Now performing CPR on an infant is slightly different than preforming CPR on an adult.
An infant is much smaller and can’t take the type of rough chest compressions that an adult can take.
According to the University of Washington, if an infant appears to be choking you should “position the infant on his or her back and begin CPR. Give 30 gentle chest compressions at the rate of 100-120/minute. Use two or three fingers in the center of the chest just below the nipples.”
St. Onge gets right to work on the baby, but instead of lying the baby on the floor, he holds her in his hand and begins giving her chest compression with his other hand.
After doing a handful of compressions, he flips the baby over on her stomach and begins patting her back continuously.
The officer continues this routine over and over again, begging the baby to give him a little cry.
The woman explains to the officer that the baby just drank a bottle of formula but hadn’t eaten any food.
She seems concerned but is staying very calm.
She looks on as the officer continues his compressions, waiting for the medical team to arrive.
After a few more rounds of chest compressions and back pats, the baby gives out a little cry.
It’s weak and she doesn’t cry for long, but it is a good sign.
The officer continues and hears another small cry–but he’s not out of the woods yet.
The baby still doesn’t seem to be breathing on her own but the CPR is definitely helping.
Finally, the medical team shows up, and right as the officer passes the child off to the EMT, she lets out a loud and healthy cry.
The EMT holds her in her arms and bounces her up and down talking to her and comforting her.
St. Onge explains to the EMT what happened and the EMT congratulates him on doing a good job.
He then asks the woman what her relationship is to the baby.
She tells him that she is the grandmother and he asks where the baby’s mom is.
She tells him and then he calls her over to see her baby.
The mother is crying but happy to see that her infant is alive.
The EMT recommends that they take the baby to the hospital just to make sure that she is going to be okay.
It’s great to see this police officer act fast and intelligently in order to save this baby’s life.
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