An Alameda police officer is being hailed as a hero after helping to save the life of a 5-month-old girl.
Officer Tom Cobb said he only did what any officer in his situation would have done.
Cobb said he was on routine patrol shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday when the call went out that a 5-month-old girl stopped breathing at a day care center.
Officer Cobb sped to the scene.
He said when he arrived the women operating the daycare center out of a home were already giving the infant CPR.
That's when Cobb says he stepped in.
“I just kind of took over and started doing chest compressions, which is what we're taught to do,” Cobb said. “Just do the chest compressions on infants. I did that for probably 20-30 seconds and heard the baby gasp.
Cobb said the girl began breathing on her own and when paramedics arrived they rushed her to Oakland Children's' Hospital.
To protect the girl, neither the police, nor the daycare center are releasing her name.
The daycare operator told KTVU Thursday the 5-month-old is doing well.
“We're still shaken up, we're still thinking about it,” said daycare operator Joycie Shinzato. “But the baby's fine. She's back home. The parents are fine and that's the most important thing.”
Police said the daycare center did everything right and the children were well cared for.
At this point there's no word on how or why the girl stopped breathing and there is no criminal investigation.
Both the day care operator and officer Tom Cobb said the take home message is to take CPR classes and pay attention because those classes can save lives.
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