A Detroit police officer is being praised for his heroics after he saved the life of an 18-month-old baby following a traffic stop. According to The Associated Press, Warren Police Department Officer Brenden Fraser pulled a car over for speeding while looking out for distracted drivers on August 29.
“We got a baby in here dying!” the baby’s mother told Fraser after the traffic stop. Fraser also said he observed the minor was turning blue and his eyes were abnormal.
“I look inside, and there’s a child that’s having some kind of medical emergency when the uncle hands him over to me,” Fraser said. “He had spit and all types of saliva around his mouth. It looked like he was maybe choking, so I put him on my forearm, and I administered a couple of back blows to him when I felt some saliva and vomit fall onto my arm.”
The officer’s actions helped the baby to breathe again. “Watching it now, it’s kind of overwhelming, but in the moment there’s really not much thought other than relying on the training,” Fraser said.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the minor has since been discharged from a hospital. “Officer Fraser’s actions on this traffic stop are nothing short of heroic,” Dwyer said in a statement. “This incident shows that police work and traffic stops are not always about writing tickets or making arrests.”