ATLANTA — The moment when an Atlanta Police Department SWAT officer saved an infant after performing CPR was captured on his body camera on Friday.
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S.W.A.T. officer SPO Oden was patrolling in Atlanta when he noticed a vehicle driving down the street with its hazard lights on, and the car began honking frantically.
Oden followed the car to see if there was an emergency. The people in the car parked at a fire station and then flagged down the officer for help, according to WSB-TV.
Right Place at the Right Time-APD S.W.A.T. Officer Saves Infant by Administering CPR
S.W.A.T officers are typically involved in dangerous situations, challenging details, riots, and other potentially volatile incidents. Giving CPR to a 4-month-old baby, is not a routine part of a SWAT officer’s day but that is exactly what happened in this incident. On 5/13/22, around 12:38 pm, S.W.A.T. officer SPO Oden was patrolling in the area along the Martin Luther King Corridor when he noticed a vehicle driving down MLK with its hazard lights active and the cars horn frantically blowing. SPO Oden followed the vehicle to investigate if a possible emergency was at hand. The vehicle parked at the Fire Station and the occupants jumped out and flagged down SPO Oden for immediate assistance.
A female ran to the officer holding a 4-month-old infant saying the child was not breathing. SPO Oden remained calm and began checking the child’s pulse, unable to find a pulse, SPO Oden immediately notified radio dispatch of the situation and began administering CPR. Officer Oden continued CPR on the infant for the entire duration until Grady EMS arrived. By the time Grady EMS arrived, SPO Oden had successfully gained a pulse from the infant as the infant’s legs began to move. Grady EMS took custody of the child and rushed him to the hospital for further treatment.
If being at the right place at the right time was a person, SPO Oden is him. He could not have imagined that his patrolling that area would result in this type of emergency encounter. Officers never know what to expect during their shift, they just show up ready to act. SPO Odens actions were quick, calm, caring, and professional. This is another example of the heroic work that officers do on any given day. His response reflects a high level of training, readiness, and compassion.
We could not be prouder of him in this critical moment. We know the City of Atlanta is safer with SPO Oden and our team of professional, responsive, and caring officers who do this work and patrol our streets, 24/7, and 365 days a week. It is indeed a calling. Job well-done sir!Posted by City of Atlanta Police Department on Friday, May 13, 2022
A woman holding a baby told Oden that the baby was not breathing.
By the time emergency medical services arrived, Oden had successfully regained the baby’s pulse, and its legs started to move again.
The baby was taken to the hospital for further treatment, according to WSB-TV.
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