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PCSP: Sgt Jeremy Chavez saves life of another infant

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Police officer who saved the life of a four-week-old Liberty Twp. baby in December saved another child’s life on Wednesday.

According to police, at 4:11 p.m. Sgt. Jeremy Chavez was dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Keystone Drive in South Haven in response to a report of a 1-year old female infant who was “unconcious and not breathing.”

The mother answered the door carrying the child in her arms who she believed was “possibly choking on something,” Chavez stated in his report.

The child was turning pale with her “eyes rolled back” and making a “like a gurgling, gasping noise,” he stated.

Chavez stated he “lowered the child onto his forearm, slightly tilted her head back in an attempt to better open her airway and to see if there was anything in her mouth.”

Not seeing anything, Chavez stated he “turned the baby over and then delivered a few back blows between the baby’s shoulder blades, turned the baby over and did chest compressions in attempt to unblock the obstructed airway.” A short time later, the child began to cry, he stated.

EMS arrived on the scene, began tending to the child, and transported her to Porter Regional Hospital, Chavez stated.

The mother advised that she had laid the child down for a nap and about 30 minutes later “heard something unusal” and noticed she was having trouble breathing before calling 911 shortly after, Chavez stated.

It is unknown at this time why the child was choking, but she is “expected to recover,” Chavez stated.

On Dec. 21, 2013, Chavez performed CPR on an infant near the intersection of C.R. 632N and North Calumet Ave, saving her life. For this, Chavez receieved a Lifesaving Award from the Sheriff’s Department and the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder.

Posted 3/28/2014