Cop does infant CPR, saves newborn’s life, authorities say
PLEASANTVILLE — A newborn baby is alive today thanks to the efforts of a police officer who calmly breathed life back into the infant.
On Saturday, Officer Marlon Hernandez was called to an apartment on South Main Street for a report of a 22-day-old infant who was unconscious and unresponsive, Pleasantville Police Capt. Matthew Hartman said in a statement.
When Hernandez entered the apartment at 3:57 a.m., he found the baby in a bedroom with no pulse. Police say the child also wasn't breathing. The officer immediately began administering CPR. Within a few minutes, the infant's pulse returned and the child began to breathe.
"The infant began to breath on it's own and then became responsive prior to EMS arrival," Hartman said.
Emergency medical crews then transported the baby to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center- City Campus for additional treatment. The nature of the infant's condition as well as the baby's name and the names of the parents have not been released.
"Officer Hernandez's quick response and training allowed him to conduct infant CPR in a
timely manner and save the life of the baby," Hartman said in a statement. "Officer Hernandez is to be commended for his calm and professionalism in the face of a harrowing situation and is a perfect example of the outstanding officers of the Pleasantville Police Department."
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