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Watch: Quick-thinking rookie cop saves choking infant

Bodycam footage caught the moment Officer Cody Hubbard, 23, clapped Grady, a 3-week-old baby boy, on the back to dislodge anti-gas drops


By Sarah Calams

POTTSVILLE, Ark. — A rookie police officer is being hailed a hero after saving a choking infant. reported that Pottsville Police Officer Cody Hubbard, 23, responded to a call for a 3-week-old baby boy who was choking on anti-gas drops.

“We were trying to give Grady his medicine … and he was taking them just fine,” the baby’s father, Joe Chronister, told FOX News. “Right towards the end, he started choking.”

The family called 911 after Grady started to “turn purple.”

The rescue was caught on Hubbard’s bodycam.

“It was life-changing,” Hubbard, who has experienced the same problem with his daughter, said.

“Anytime I deal with something that involves a child, I think about how the parents would want me to treat the child as if it was mine,” he explained.

After the call, Hubbard said he went into his patrol car and started crying.

“I started just kind of bawling because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” he recalled. “Mentally, I just broke down. I was crying, but it was happy tears.”

The baby is doing well, according to his parents.