Officer Travis Hoguet was in the middle of a routine traffic stop in Caseyville, Illinois, when a call came through his radio.
An infant was choking, and an ambulance was on its way. But the officer knew every second was a matter of life or death.
Without hesitation, Officer Hoguet immediately stopped what he was was doing and sped over to the little boy’s home. He got there before the ambulance did.
The child’s mother was already in the driveway, frantically waving the officer down.
Officer Hoguet calmly took her 4-month-old son in his arms. The baby was completely still and motionless, unable to breathe or move as he choked on his formula.
“I flipped him over on my left arm and had soft blows to the back. About the fifth or sixth blow, it just projectiled out and there was a big ol’ gasp of air you could tell he was relieved,” Hoguet told Fox4.
According to the New York State Department of Health, “At least one child dies from choking on food every five days in the U.S., and more than 12,000 children are taken to a hospital emergency room each year for food-choking injuries.”
Thankfully, the baby was taken to the hospital and is doing just fine, all thanks to the officer’s quick thinking and incredible emergency CPR training.
Officer Hoguet says that saving the little boy’s life is something he’ll never forget.
The pair, who will now share a lifelong connection, were captured in a series of adorable photos, with huge smiles on their faces.