A Michigan police officer is being heralded as a hero for saving the life of a child who wasn’t breathing during a traffic stop.
Around 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, a police officer pulled over a Chevrolet Camaro speeding around 80 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Warren Police Department officer Brendan Fraser, “I thought he was racing somebody, or maybe he was trying to get away from something.”
Once the Camaro was pulled over, the driver and passenger frantically explained that the 18-month-old baby in the car wasn’t breathing and they were rushing the boy to a nearby hospital.
The driver yelled, “Help, help, we got a baby here dying!”
Fraser explained, “And then, really, now it made sense when he handed his baby over. He’s headed to the hospital that’s about three-quarters of a mile away.”
Police dashcam footage shows the driver waving his arms and screaming.
“We took him to the hospital and they said he had COVID. And then he just started seizing,” the child’s mother told the officer.
Officer Fraser is seen on video taking the child out of the vehicle. He noticed that the baby was turning blue and his eyes were rolled into the back of his head.
Fraser picked up the boy and administered several blows to the baby’s back. The blows caused the baby to spit up and cleared the baby’s airway.
The baby started breathing again.
Fraser attempted to calm the panicked relatives, “He’s breathing, look at him, he’s OK.”
Fraser said, “It was a big relief, for sure. When the child started breathing, and you saw the color come back around its lips.”
Additional officers arrived at the scene and rushed the baby to a local hospital, and was later transferred to St. John Hospital. The baby has been released from the hospital and is recovering with his family.
Officials did not reveal what was wrong with the young child.
Fraser said, “Just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
“Officer Fraser’s actions on this traffic stop are nothing short of heroic,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said in a statement, according to the Detroit News. “This incident shows that police work and traffic stops are not always about writing tickets or making arrests.”
“In this case, what started off as a traffic stop for speeding resulted in Officer Fraser saving a child’s life,” the commissioner said. “Officer Fraser relied on his training, communication skills, and compassion as he worked to resuscitate the child. He was also able to calm down the child’s family members who were understandably frantic over the situation.”
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