NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two police officers are being hailed heroes after their swift actions saved a baby who was unconscious and not breathing.
Police told 1010 WINS officers Michael Konatsotis and David Roussine were responding to a call at 207 East 74th St. in Manhattan around 2:20 p.m. Saturday when they were met on the street by a mother and father holding their 15-month-old girl.
Police officials said officer Konatsotis, a former EMT, determined the baby to be unresponsive and not breathing, and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Officer Roussine then quickly ushered the parents into the back of the police cruiser and rushed to Cornell Hospital while Konatsotis continued to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the child in the front passenger seat.
Konatsotis was able to revive the child and she regained consciousness before they reached the hospital, 1010 WINS reported.
“As soon as we pulled up, the baby gave a burp and it was just an amazing feeling. The color started coming back and the air came back and we saw this beautiful baby starting to cry and that was the greatest sound that we heard,” Konatsotis told 1010 WINS.
Officials said the baby was in stable condition Saturday evening and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police Commissioner William Bratton tweeted praise for the officers on Saturday, saying “Unbelievable job by Police Officers Konatsotis & Roussine saving a 15m/o baby w/ CPR today. True #heroes!”
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