When two police officers spotted a car stopped in the middle of a busy street, they weren’t immediately aware of the situation unfolding. “We were thinking maybe the car broke down and needed a tow truck in route or something like that,” said Officer Ryan Sidders. But, it wasn’t a broken-down vehicle. It was a two-month-old baby in distress.
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After spotting the car stopped in the middle of the road, according to Sidder, a member of the Shaker Heights Police Department in Ohio, “Then we see the mother exit the car and run to the other side really, really quickly.”
The second officer, Alex Oklander, added, “The mom seemed kind of frantic and didn’t really know what to do.”
According to a report by the New York Daily News, Tamica Pruitte, the mother of two-month-old Tyra, noticed her daughter was having trouble breathing as she was driving down the road. She immediately stopped the vehicle and, luckily, was quickly spotted by the officers.
“I noticed she was choking on her milk out of her nose, so I put the hazards on and got out of the car, and the police came out of nowhere and helped me with the back thrusts for her to breathe,” Pruitte stated.
“Save my baby. That’s all I was thinking about. Save my baby,” said Pruitte.
The two officers quickly render aid, taking the joking baby and patting her back until one of the officers stated, “I can hear air moving.”
According to a statement by the Shaker Heights Police Department on their Facebook page, “Officer Oklander never expected that stopping to help a disabled motorist would require life saving effort.” The post also included a copy of the video.
“It could have been my life and her life too today because I had to stop in the middle of traffic,” Pruitte said.