Watch Ariz. Police Officer Save Unresponsive Baby

Aug. 31, 2023
Body camera footage shows Mesa Police Officer Shaquille Perez at a light rail station performing lifesaving measures on a baby who had stopped breathing.

An Arizona police officer is being credited with saving the life of an unresponsive baby at a light rail station.

In body camera footage recently released by the Mesa Police Department, Officer Shaquille Perez is seen dealing with a sleeping, uncooperative passenger aboard a light rail train, KPHO-TV reports. That's when a crying mother rushed to him with a baby boy who had stopped breathing.

“I heard screaming, so I walk over, and when I peep out this way from the other side where the train’s at, mom comes running up to me screaming for help,” Perez said.

Immediately, Perez began performing CPR, while another person approaches, offering help.

“A guy ran up saying he was a paramedic and asked if he could help. So, of course, I said yeah," Perez said. "He took the baby from my arms, and we put him in the backseat of the squad car under some A/C, and baby was breathing.

According to police, the baby was OK after the scare.

“It’s an amazing feeling to know I was able to intervene and help potentially save that baby’s life,” Perez said.

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Joe Vince

Joining Endeavor Business Media in 2018, Joe has worked on the company's city services publications. He began working at OFFICER.com as the assistant editor. Before starting at Endeavor, Joe had worked for a variety of print and online news outlets, including the Indianapolis Star, the South Bend Tribune, Reddit and Patch.com.

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