Police said that the officer and his colleague reached the house before the paramedics arrived at the location.
A Kansas City cop became a hero for a family when he saved their one-month-old daughter who stopped breathing. A dramatic bodycam video captured officer Richard DuChaine sprinting into the family's home in Missouri city and taking a baby named Kamiyah from her father before performing chest compressions, reported New York Post. "I can feel her," DuChaine's colleague, Charles Owen, is heard saying in the footage. "Turn her around and hit the back."
Officer Richard DuChaine saved a baby’s life!— kcpolice (@kcpolice) November 7, 2022
Thursday, DuChaine and his partner, Officer Charles Owen, responded to a call for a 1-month-old girl who wasn’t breathing. Arriving before EMS, they sprinted into the house, where the father handed the baby over to DuChaine.
DuChaine then turns the baby around and repeatedly pats the infant's back. "'C'mon, sweetie,'" one of the officers says in the clip. "'C'mon.' I can hear her." Owen urges his colleague to "try a little harder" when patting the child's back. "She's breathing now," he says seconds later.
Police said that DuChaine and Owen got to the residence before the paramedics arrived. The Kansas City Police tweeted, "DuChaine began infant chest compressions followed by back thrusts. Thankfully, the baby started breathing again. DuChaine turned the baby on her side, and Officer Owen checked for obstructions. Later, the officers visited her in the hospital. Officer DuChaine and Officer Owen, thank you for your continued service to Kansas City." In another tweet, the department raved: "Officer Richard DuChaine saved a baby's life!"
Here is the bodycam video (referenced earlier) of Officer Richard DuChaine saving the life of a 1-month-old girl.— kcpolice (@kcpolice) November 7, 2022
DuChaine was with his partner, Officer Charles Owen, Thursday when they were the first to arrive to a call for a baby who wasn’t breathing.
Outstanding, officers! pic.twitter.com/5o8C6r95Wp
The police department released the footage from the bodycam on November 8. "Here is the bodycam video (referenced earlier) of Officer Richard DuChaine saving the life of a 1-month-old girl. DuChaine was with his partner, Officer Charles Owen, Thursday when they were the first to arrive to a call for a baby who wasn't breathing. Outstanding, officers," it tweeted.
People on the internet appreciated the officers for their great work. @GlenEngle24 commented, "Thank you guys for your incredible service! People take y'all for granted when in reality we're all extremely blessed!" Another said, "Such a beautiful story n great job officers for all u do n did for this little one n her family bless u all."
This is not the first time that a police officer has saved the life of a baby in a heroic manner. Last year, CNN reported that a Jersey City police officer caught a 1-month baby falling from a second-floor balcony. The police had responded to a call of a child in danger and found a man threatening to throw the baby from the second floor. Although officers did try to negotiate with him, the man eventually let the child fall. Officer Eduardo Matute caught the baby without the child sustaining any physical injuries. The man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
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