Calif. officer praised for saving choking baby

The baby wasn’t crying and had blood in her mouth


By PoliceOne Staff

CULIVER CITY, Calif.  — An officer’s quick thinking and training saved a choking baby’s life last month.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Officer Brian Cappell was flagged down by a little girl who directed him to a choking 9-month-old baby on March 22.

Cappell arrived to find the baby’s mother holding her. The baby wasn’t crying and had blood in her mouth.

“It always makes you nervous, but it’s one of those things. But your training just kicks in,” Cappell said.

The officer flipped the baby over and started striking her on her back.

Thanks to Cappell’s efforts, the baby began to cry and get air. Soon after, paramedics arrived and took over.

“As soon as we heard that cry, it was like an angel. It was like God sent his angel through him,” Janet Lockridge, the baby’s mother, said.

Lockridge said words can’t express how thankful she is to Cappell for saving her baby, Harley.

Cappell was awarded for his heroic deed on Monday, where he was reunited with Harley and her family.

“She would not be here if it wasn’t for him. So we are grateful,” Lockridge said.

 

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