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Officer rescues choking infant

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 14, 2020

 police are praising one of their officers for applying lifesaving treatment to an infant who reportedly was choking.

police are praising one of their officers for applying lifesaving treatment to an infant who reportedly was choking.

Image provided by the Sterling Heights Police Department

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Sterling Heights police are praising one of their officers for applying lifesaving treatment to an infant who reportedly was choking.

Police were alerted at around 10:45 p.m. July 9 to the situation in the 36000 block of Waltham Drive, located near Metropolitan Parkway and Ryan Road in Sterling Heights.

When Officer Cameron Maciejewski arrived at the scene, a family ran up holding a 3-week-old girl who had stopped breathing. 

According to police dashcam footage, Maciejewski picked up the baby and reported that she was still blinking after he checked her airway. The officer then cleared the baby’s airway by applying back thrusts. Shortly after, the footage shows the officer saying “there you go” and announcing that the baby was crying. 

“She’s breathing. She was crying a minute ago,” Maciejewski said while among the family and another officer who had arrived. “She’s got a pulse, and she’s breathing.”

According to the police report, Maciejewski’s treatment caused the baby to cough something up. The footage later shows police talking to the family, and police learned that the baby had choked on some milk. Afterward, the Sterling Heights Fire Department reportedly took her to the hospital to get checked out.

“If it wasn’t for Officer Maciejewski’s quick, calm, lifesaving actions, the outcome of this incident could have been tragically different,” the SHPD said in a statement. “Not only did the officer save the baby, but the officer did an outstanding job consoling the family.”

For more information about the Sterling Heights Police Department, call (586) 446-2800.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.

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