A Chicago Police officer who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a 21-month-old who had stopped breathing is being lauded for helping out on the Skyway this afternoon.
The baby was in the backseat of a vehicle traveling on the Skyway near 89th Street at 12:24 p.m. when family members saw the child was not breathing, according to a police News Affairs statement.
They stopped the vehicle and found the baby unresponsive, but the child's father turned to see a Chicago Police vehicle driving in his direction and flagged down the 17-year veteran officer, the statement said.
The police officer cautiously removed the baby from the vehicle, gently laying him on the pavement, and began to perform CPR, the statement said.
The child’s color returned, he began breathing on his own, and then started to cry, the statement said.
Chicago Fire Department paramedics took the baby to Advocate Trinity Hospital in “stable” condition, the statement said.
Police said the officer was not available for an interview immediately.