Officer responding to crash saves choking baby

Officer responding to crash saves choking baby

August 13th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Michael Houck

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

Thanks to a fender bender, Dalton police officer Michael Houck was in the right place at the right time to save a choking baby.

Houck was responding to a minor car crash on Foster Street Monday afternoon when a nearby neighbor ran from a home and began frantically speaking to him in Spanish, according to a news release from the Dalton Police Department.

One of the drivers involved in the crash acted as a translator, telling Houck that a baby was choking.

Houck ran with the neighbor to 1107 Foster Street where the child's mother was in the front yard with the baby in her arms. The baby was not crying or breathing, the release said.

Houck turned the baby over and began to apply back thrusts until the baby coughed up a small piece of a carrot. The baby immediately began to cry and gasp for air.

EMS determined that the baby was okay.