(CBS) — Lately, police dashcam video has not always shown officers in a positive light.
But CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports, one video from last Thursday tells a different story.READ MORE: Police Surround Apartment Of Barricaded Subject In Villa Park
On Higgins Road near Illinois Route 53, a baby’s life was saved.
Dashcam video shows Schaumburg Police Officer Bryan Poradizisz running out of his squad car, to the side of the road. He was rushing to the aid of 18-month-old Aureliana Colon. The girl stopped breathing, as her distraught grandmother sobbed.
“There were no vital signs at all,” Schaumburg Police Lt. Shawn Green said Monday.
A second officer, Kevin O’Connor, arrived. Together, he and Poradizisz performed the Heimlich maneuver and then CPR on the child.
What’s fortunate is that Poradizisz has had EMT training.READ MORE: Missing Bensenville Dog Reunited With Owners
It appeared mucus or vomit was choking Aureliana, so the officer cleared her throat.
Moments later, paramedics drove up and took her to the hospital, where she made a full recovery.
The dashcam video of the incident made veteran officers cry.
“For those of us who have children, especially, I can admit it, I teared up,” Green said. “It was amazing to see the response these guys had — didn’t even flinch.”
The two heroic and modest officers did not wish to be interviewed, and the baby’s grandmother did not want to talk on camera.MORE NEWS: Cook County Opening Free Shower Facilities In 3 Forest Preserves To Dixmoor Residents
Sonya Melendez said by phone the officers were “amazing” and “something out of a movie” and she is grateful for their efforts.