WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A NYPD officer saved a baby boy whose heart had stopped with two quick chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Sunday afternoon, police said.
Police Officer Thomas Dunn responded to a Dec. 22 emergency call at the Rainbow Clothing store at 610 West 181st St. at 1:50 p.m. to find a firefighter with a limp and unresponsive baby in his arms.
Dunn, who has worked as an EMT for 10 years, was unable to find the baby's heartbeat or signs of breathing. The officer pinched the child's thigh, hoping to get a response, but got nothing.
At that point, Dunn placed the baby on the trunk of his patrol car and performed two chest compressions and rescue breaths, upon which the baby immediately gasped for air and began breathing again.
The baby boy, who was with a baby sitter at the time, was taken to New York Presbyterian and was released to his mother in good condition later that day.