An off-duty San Pablo police officer saved a baby who appeared to be choking in Livermore last weekend, according to police and a report by KRON4 News.
Officer Gilbert Troche was headed home from the movies with his family when they crossed a distressed mother on the side of the road and stopped to help, according to KRON4.
The officer began life-saving measures. “He did some back thrusts while he instructed the mom to do a finger sweep to attempt to clear the airway,” the news station reported, adding, “After two to three minutes, the baby coughed, threw up, and began to cry.”
Afterward, the officer downplayed his actions as something anybody would do. His colleagues, however, are calling him a hero.
“Officer Troche’s heroic actions are nothing short of a miracle and we are extremely proud to have him as a member of our Police Department,” the San Pablo Police Department said on Facebook. “His quick thinking and decisive action no doubt saved a life.”
KRON4 published both a video showing the officer’s life-saving efforts, and also an interview with him. Watch here.