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An Atlanta Police Department (APD) SWAT officer rescued a 4-month-old baby after administering CPR during a chance encounter on Friday.
SWAT officers typically respond to “dangerous situations, difficult details, riots and other life-threatening incidents,” but giving “CPR to a 4-month-old baby is not part of a SWAT officer’s routine.” SWAT,” ODA said in a Facebook post. as well as body-worn images of the tense moment.
Special Police Officer (SPO) Robert Oden, who was patrolling the Martin Luther King Hallway area on Friday afternoon, followed a vehicle driving down the roadway with its hazard lights on and horn “frenziedly sounding” to “investigate whether a possible emergency was at hand.”
The vehicle parked at a nearby fire station, at which point the occupants jumped out and approached Oden for help.
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In body-worn camera footage of Oden, a woman can be seen approaching the officer and handing him the 4-month-old baby, who was “not breathing” at the time, according to police.
Oden checked the infant’s pulse but was unable to detect one, at which point the OPS “notified the radio dispatcher of the situation and began administering CPR”.
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Footage from Oden’s camera appears to show the baby beginning to breathe, move and make noises as the officer administers CPR. Oden managed to get a pulse before EMS arrived on the scene and transported the baby to the hospital.
“Officers never know what to expect on their shift, they just show up ready to act,” APD wrote on Facebook. “SPO Oden[‘s] the actions were fast, calm, considerate and professional. This is another example of the heroic work officers do every day. His response reflects a high level of training, preparation and compassion. We couldn’t be prouder of him at this critical time.”
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The department added that “Atlanta is safer with SPO Oden” and its “team of professional, responsive and caring officers who do this job and patrol [Atlanta’s] streets, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week.
“It is indeed a vocation,” said the APD.