!!!Happy ending alert!!! Thank you to these New Jersey officers who sprung into action using their training to save this six day old newborn from choking!

To be honest, I did not even know this could even happen, but this new mom was breast-feeding baby Diego and he began to choke! Of course once a baby starts eating solids as a parent you are hyper aware of choking hazards but it is something I never gave any thought to while breastfeeding my daughters. Can you even imagine the confusion and panic? Baby Diego's color changed and mom frantically called 9-1-1.

Officers Kevin Ortiz, Matthew Dobrowolski and Sean Verbist raced to their home, and cleared the baby's airway by flipping him over and and giving the baby 15 back blows.

Thankfully, his airway cleared and his color came back. I can only imagine the fear his parents felt during this time.

If you've ever been in a situation like this you are stunned in the moment, but once you get a chance to reflect on what happened your emotions flow. Mom and Dad wrote this letter to their officer heroes:

My family and I are eternally grateful for the assistance of Montclair police on the evening of October 14 when our 6-day old son was in distress. Officer Ortiz, and his fellow officers were at our home within minutes of our 911 call. Officer's Ortiz immediately rushed in and began CPR on Diego. His quick efforts relieved Diego's distress and our anxiety when we finally heard Diego's loud cries. Officer Ortiz even followed up the next week with a teddy bear in hand to check in on Diego and our family. Thankfully, this was a one-time incident, Diego is now growing big and strong. Thank you, does not seem sufficient to express our gratitude for the assistance of officers Ortiz, Verbist, Dobrowolski and the emergency personnel that quickly arrived at our home on October 14, 2021. Our family is eternally grateful for the assistance of officer Ortiz, the Montclair police and fellow emergency personnel.


All of New Jersey is proud of these stellar officers and we are thankful for this very happy ending! You can read all the details from The Patch here. It will certainly be a Merry Christmas for this family!

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