CHICAGO (STMW) – A police officer is credited for saving the life of a 21-month-old boy who stopped breathing Saturday afternoon while his family was driving on the Chicago Skyway.

About 12:24 p.m., family members discovered the baby had stopped breathing while he sat in the back seat of a vehicle, according to a statement released by police News Affairs.

After the vehicle pulled over on the side of the Skyway, family members discovered the baby had become unresponsive, the statement said, and the baby’s father began to flag down a police vehicle that was driving toward his direction.

A 17-year-veteran officer carefully took the baby out of the vehicle, laid him on the pavement and performed CPR, the statement said. The baby’s color returned and he began breathing and crying, the statement said.

The Chicago Fire Department took the baby to Advocate Trinity Hospital, where he was listed in “stable” condition.”

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