A California Highway Patrol officer responded to call of a baby choking in a car on the freeway, and used his paramedic skills to save the child.
Officer Casey Ramstead of CHP West Valley responded to a call from a mother whose 6-month-old baby choked on a cherry while in their car on the 101 freeway near Topanga Canyon in Woodland Hills.
Ramstead, also a licensed paramedic, was able to use his skills to perform CPR on the child. In a video released by the CHP, he can be seen patting the child on the back to help the child clear his airway. He can then be seen listening and evaluating the child as traffic passes by.
After precisely six slaps on the back, the child began to breathe again normally.
“It’s just another day on the highway patrol, serving the general public, doing whatever we can. It just happens that I’m a little more skilled in this and was able to use my paramedic skills,” Ramstead told FOX 11’s Hailey Winslow.
Initially the mother was confused and scared, but she and the officer relaxed after the child was no longer choking.
Ramstead has been a paramedic since 2006 and has had his fair share of life-threatening situations.
“I’ve been fortunate to come across quite a few situations. I’ve been able to pull a couple people off bridges, helped lift up some cars.”
Ramstead even trains his fellow officers in emergency medical response. He also encourages parents to be trained in first aid and CPR.
“Even if you are scared or freaked out at first, I think every parent at the end of the day will react appropriately, especially if they got that training then they know what to do,” he added.