Baby Alive After Quick Actions By Police Officer

CHICAGO (CBS) — A baby boy is alive, thanks to the quick actions of a Chicago Police officer.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, Officer Christopher Elliott of the Shakespeare District was in his squad car filling out a traffic crash report at the Citgo station at Diversey, Western and Elston avenues, when he says a man approached him needing help for his baby.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

The officer ran up to the frantic man’s car, where he found a 15-month-old baby not breathing.

“I grabbed the baby and I said, you know, ‘Is it choking?’ So I just started tapping it on the back, and as I was tapping it, the baby started to vomit out some food, and as soon as it was vomiting, it started to cough it started to cry, and started breathing again,” Officer Elliott said.

The child was rushed to Children’s Memorial Hospital in good condition.

Officer Elliott says he fell back on training he received in the military, and with the Police Department, which trains all of its officers in CPR. He says each day at work is great but it’s even better when you save a life.

“It feels great! I’m just happy that the baby is alive, ’cause you know, the kid’s really cute!” he says.

Elliott says he knows what it feels like to choke.  When he was 15, he choked on a piece of candy while at church.  A man hit him on the back and out came the candy.

  • AN

    Great story. Love to hear happy endings in the news.

  • Doug

    Thanks, Steve. This is what we need more of. Let’s see more about the Chicago police who do it right and are here for the public and not just for themselves. It’s good for the public and good for the police department.

  • Taxpayer 2

    Me too. Sure is a great story. Congratulations Officer of the Law.

  • M

    This is a WONDERFUL story… This is real news!

  • ChicagoCitizen

    This is very typical. Excellent job CPD!!


    We always read about how some Police officers third wife goes missing and his second wife was murdered. Then we read about how an off duty officer kicks and beats a female bartender half to death. We see dash board video cam videos of officers clubbing a defenseless citizen all the way to the nearest ICU unit at the nearest hospital. And if that isn’t enough, how about the officer that has way to much to drink and injures or kills someone on the way home from the party or bar.It is down right refreshing to read of the good things officers and firefighters do everyday. 365 days a year. I know there are many more stories out there just like this one. To those unsung HEROES, THIS BUDS FOR YOU!!! THANK YOU!

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