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Fla. deputy, dispatcher save choking baby at ‘Shop with a Cop’ event

The two responders stepped in to help after noticing the baby’s mother desperately trying to clear an obstruction from his throat

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Photo/YouTube via FOX 35 News

By Ashley Silver

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — An off-duty Flagler County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher and her deputy husband were attending a “Shop with a Cop” event when they noticed a baby choking and immediately jumped into action to save his life.

JAX News 4 reported that dispatcher Lindsey Stanford and her husband, Deputy Richard Stanford, noticed the baby struggling to breathe as the child’s mother desperately tried to clear an obstruction from his throat. Using the Heimlich maneuver, the pair successfully forced a button from the baby’s airway. The baby made a full recovery, according to officers.

“While there was a frightening moment, I’m very proud of everyone involved in this lifesaving event that could have had a much different outcome,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly told JAX News. “You never know when you may have to jump into action and save a life in this profession.”