CASEYVILLE, Illinois -- The actions of a Caseyville police officer are being lauded after he saved the life of a choking infant last week.
Officer Travis Hoguet was traffic stop Friday evening when heard a call of an ambulance responding to the Hollywood Heights neighborhood for a report of a choking 4-month-old, according to KTVI.
The officer made it to the residence before the ambulance arrived and the baby boy's mother rushed him outside.
"I go there and the mom was in the driveway waving me down," Hoguet told the news station. "The baby was motionless not breathing it was trying to."
The 4-month-old was choking on formula as his mother began to panic. Hoguet remained calm and relied on his training.
"I flipped him over on my left arm and had soft blows to the back. About the fifth or sixth blow, it just projectiled out and there was a big ol’ gasp of air you could tell he was relieved," he said.
The baby boy was taken to a hospital as a precaution checked out and he was released in good condition.
"Something like this is going to be on the top of the list for a while. I’m never going to forget it," Hoguet said.