CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago Police officer is being hailed as a hero, for helping save the life of a toddler who couldn’t breathe Thursday afternoon on the Northwest Side.
Officer Thomas Norberg says he was just doing his job, but admits he was scared when he came across the little boy who was not breathing.
LISTEN: Newradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel Reports
“I didn’t know what was wrong and you know when you see a little child … you try to do the best you can because you know this could be your child,” he told Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel.
At 4:07 p.m. while patrolling in the 3300 block of West Montrose Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood, Norberg observed a vehicle traveling east on Montrose with a woman yelling from the vehicle.
When the officer approached to assist the woman, he realized she was yelling, “My baby is not breathing — please help us!”
The officer pulled over next to the car and removed the unresponsive 2-year-old boy from the car seat.
“The child was slumped to his side; his eyes were rolled into the back of his head,” said Norberg. He quickly began CPR and the child became responsive.
The 2-year-old was transported to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was list in fair condition.