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A SWAT officer from the Atlanta Police Department (APD) rescued a 4-month-old baby after administering CPR during a random meeting on Friday.
SWAT officers typically respond to “dangerous situations, challenging details, riots and other potentially fatal incidents,” but giving “CPR to a 4-month-old baby is not a routine part of a SWAT officer’s day,” the APD said in a statement. Facebook posts along with body-worn footage of the tense moment.
Special Police Officer (SPO) Robert Oden, who was patrolling the area by the Martin Luther King Corridor on Friday afternoon, followed a vehicle driving down the roadway with its hazard warning lights on and its horns “hotly blowing” to “investigate whether a possible emergency was at hand. “
The vehicle parked at a nearby fire station, whereupon residents jumped out and turned to Oden for help.
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According to police, in Odin’s body-worn camera footage, a woman can be seen approaching the officer and giving him the 4-month-old baby, who “did not breathe” at the time.
Oden checked the infant’s pulse, but was unable to detect one, at which point the SPO “communicated the radio broadcast about the situation and began administering CPR.”
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The footage from Odin’s camera appears to show the baby beginning to breathe, move and make noises while the officer administers CPR. Oden successfully received a pulse before EMS arrived at the scene and transported the baby to a hospital.
“The officers never know what to expect during their shift, they just show up ready to act,” the APD wrote on Facebook. “SPO Oden[‘s] the actions were prompt, calm, caring and professional. This is another example of the heroic work that officers perform on a given day. His response reflects a high level of training, readiness and compassion. We could not be more proud of him at this critical moment. “
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The department added that “Atlanta is safer with SPO Oden” and its “team of professional, responsive and caring officers who perform this work and patrol [Atlanta’s] streets, 24/7 and 365 days a week.
“It really is a calling,” the APD said.