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Video: Mich. officer credited with saving choking 1-year-old girl

The officer took the girl in his arms and performed back thrusts to clear her airway, eventually removing the obstruction


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By Susan Smiley
The Macomb Daily

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Sterling Heights police Sgt. Anthony Roeske is being credited with saving the life of an infant who was not breathing last week.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Fox Hill Drive at approximately 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in response to a 911 call reporting a 15-month-old child was not breathing.

Roeske was the first officer to arrive at the home where family members were in the garage with the infant girl, who was not breathing. He took the baby in his arms and performed back thrusts in an attempt to clear its airway. The baby did cough up something that had been obstructing its airway and began crying.

The baby was then turned over to the Sterling Heights Fire Department for treatment.

A recording of the 911 call indicates the parents were panicked and a statement from the Sterling Heights police described the scene in the garage as “chaotic” before Roeske was able to help the baby regain breathing.

The statement credited Roseke’s calm actions with saving the life of the baby and calming family members who were understandably upset.


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