Off-Duty Officer Saves Choking Baby While Returning Home From Movie Theater

Our police officers always rush to help people in need, we are so very grateful for our officers because they step up when most people won’t.

It was a piece of wonderful work and great timing by an off-duty California police officer, who helped save a child from choking while on his way home after watching a movie over the weekend.

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San Pablo police officer Gilbert Troche said he and his family were driving home when they saw a hysterical mother holding her baby on the side of a road in Livermore. “I definitely don’t feel like a hero,” Torche said.

“I think anybody in that situation that had seen her there as distraught as she was would have probably tried to do the same thing,” Troche said. He added that he jumped out of his car and ran over to the mother, who handed the baby over to him.

The baby’s cheeks appeared to have turned blue by then and Troche can be seen holding the baby in a downward position and patting his back in a video of the incident.

He said that he performed back trusts while telling the mother to do a finger sweep of the baby’s mouth to remove any obstructions. He also asked his own family to call 911. After 2 minutes, the baby started breathing again and it coughed, threw up, and began crying.

“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. “His quick thinking and decisive action no doubt saved a life.”

Troche said he would like to get in touch with the mother of the baby to make sure the baby is okay.