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.
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
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,”
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.