Mountain View Policeman Helps Rescue Choking Child

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A Mountain View police officer this week helped save a baby’s life by taking quick action and using his infant CPR training, police officers said.

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A Mountain View police officer this week helped save a baby’s life by taking quick action and using his infant CPR training, police officers said.

At around 7.45 p.m. on Monday, police said the shipping department received a call about a suffocated baby outside an in-n-out fast food restaurant on block 1100 on Rengstorff Avenue.

Police officer Dan Garcia happened to be across the street at the time, writing a report on a separate incident, police said. When Garcia heard the report, he ran over to the restaurant to find the week-old baby and family outside, the boy not breathing or moving.

Garcia took the child and began the resuscitation, doing chest compressions for several minutes while the boy – who was choked on milk – began to breathe again. Paramedics soon arrived on site and took over the work, eventually transporting the child to the hospital.

The boy has since been released from the hospital and is back home with his family, the police said.

“I am so proud of the swift action that has been taken to help this youngest Mountain View resident,” Mountain View Police Chief Chris Hsiung said in a statement. “It feels good to know that we have someone like Officer Garcia who is always ready to help our community in times of need.”


Megan Cassidy is a contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @meganrcassidy



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