A pair of New York Police officers came to the rescue of a family whose baby stopped breathing. Sergeant Hom and Police Officer Perez of the 23 Precinct’s Anti-Crime team were at the right place at the right time patrolling the 112 Street and Lexington Avenue area of East Harlem last week when they heard somebody violently honking their horn. A vehicle pulled up along side their patrol car and yelled “Mount Sinai?” but sped off before the officers could respond.
Sensing something was desperately wrong, Sergeant Hom and Officer Perez followed the vehicle and were able to catch up with it a short while later. “My son is not doing well, he is not breathing,” the baby’s father said to Perez in Spanish. The child’s uncle was performing CPR in the backseat.
Officer Perez told the family to get in the back of the unmarked patrol car and they proceeded to the rush the baby to the emergency room. At the hospital, staff were able to get the baby breathing again, ultimately saving the child’s life.
I have four kids of my own, so it really hit close to home,” said Officer Perez. “We were going to do whatever we could to help that baby.”