Mountain View Police Department officials are lauding a patrol officer for rushing to the aid of an infant boy who couldn’t breathe Monday (Sept. 6).
Thanks to the efforts of Officer Dan Garcia, the child has since recovered and is home with his family after a hospital stay, according to a department press release published Thursday.
“I am so proud of the quick actions that were taken to help this littlest Mountain View resident,” said Police Chief Chris Hsiung in the release. “It is a good feeling to know we have someone like Officer Garcia ever ready to help our community in a time of need.”
Someone notified MVPD dispatch about the emergency at approximately 7:45 p.m. Monday, the release stated. The witness said a child was choking outside the In-N-Out Burger restaurant located at 1159 Rengstorff Ave. near the southbound Highway 101 ramp. Garcia happened to be working on an unrelated report in a parking lot across the street and hustled over. The boy was not breathing or moving.
Garcia performed CPR, administering chest compressions until Mountain View Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and took over medical care, according to the release. The child was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The steps for administering CPR vary depending on whether the subject is an infant, a child, an adult or a pet. Consult the American Red Cross for instructions at redcross.org/take-a-class/cpr/performing-cpr.