ENGLAND, Ark. — An infant’s cry for help ends up being a lifesaving call a Central Arkansas police officer will never forget.
Each shift, Sgt. Eddie Anderson is used to not knowing where the next call will take him. In his six years working for England Police, Anderson says nothing could prepare him for a mother’s desperate call to 911 last week.
In a recording of the call you can hear the mother say, ‘I need an ambulance’ and then, ‘my baby has started stopped breathing.’
Anderson was the first one to respond to the house.
“She was just real limp and not really breathing at all,” he recalled.
With no ambulance in sight, Anderson says he had to improvise. As a trained EMT Anderson grabbed his first aid kit and got to work. He says he could tell the two-month-old girl was chocking on her spit-up so he started doing CPR.
“A straw and a cup and you blow back in the straw, when she’d take a breath that’s what it sounded like,” he said. “Mom and dad told me she was born at 29 weeks and she was tiny. Her torso fit in the palm of my hand.”
Anderson passed the baby off to paramedics, who rushed the infant to the hospital.
Days later, Anderson was on a routine patrol when he spotted the family and was able to hold the now healthy baby.
“That took a load off my shoulders, knowing that everything was going to be alright,” Anderson said. “It was nothing anybody else wouldn’t do. I don’t consider myself a hero at all, I just did what needed to be done and that’s the end of it.”