Warren police officer helps save toddler’s life

By: Gena Johnson | Warren Weekly | Published September 19, 2023

 Brenden Fraser

Brenden Fraser

WARREN — On Aug. 29, the heroic efforts of Warren police officer Brenden Fraser resulted in a toddler regaining the ability to breathe on his own.

Fraser was on traffic enforcement duty in the area of 12 Mile and Schoenherr roads at around 6 p.m. when he saw a Chevy Camaro speeding westbound on 12 Mile traveling at an estimated 75-80 mph, according to police. When Fraser caught up with the vehicle, he noticed the driver was waving his hands in an apparent attempt to flag him down. According to police, the driver frantically told Fraser his nephew was not breathing, and the child was observed to be in obvious distress.

Fraser reportedly took charge immediately and performed back blows to clear the child’s airway. The child regurgitated a liquid and started to breathe on his own, police said.

“Officer Fraser was able to calm down the child’s family members, who were understandably frantic over the situation,” said Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer.

Other officers arrived on the scene and rushed the child to Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital at 12 Mile and Hoover Road, just a mile away. The child was released from the hospital two days later and was back at home with his family.

“Officer Fraser’s actions on this traffic stop are nothing short of heroic. This incident shows that police work and traffic stops are not always about writing tickets or making arrests. In this case, what started off as a traffic stop for speeding resulted in Officer Fraser saving a child’s life,” Dwyer said. “Officer Fraser’s supervisors have already nominated him for a lifesaving award from the Department which is beyond well-deserved.”