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Police Officer Saves Little Girl From Choking

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ROWLETT (CBSDFW.COM) - A little girl who was found not breathing and turning blue is alive on Monday all thanks to the quick thinking of a police officer in Rowlett.

The tense moments of the rescue were captured on the body-camera the officer was wearing on Sunday when he got the call.

"The stars just happened to align right," said Officer Patrick Ray.

Twenty-two-month-old Bexley Norvell became unresponsive just minutes before Officer Ray got dispatched to the scene.

"When I looked at her, I just saw these big, blue eyes looking at me. It was almost like she was telling me, 'I know you're here to help me,'" said Officer Ray.

After a few moments of trying to clear the little girl's throat, Officer Ray heard the noise he was hoping the girl would make. Bexley started crying and began breathing again.

"Today could be the day I was picking out a casket for my little girl. Every parent's nightmare, I could be living it right now," said Tammy Norvell, the mother of the victim.

Tammy Norvell said x-rays from the hospital showed that her daughter had somehow swallowed a small coin.

"I won't ever forget this man and I told his wife, you know I'm going to think of your husband every single day for the rest of my life and I hope she's okay with that," said Tammy Norvell.

Having two small children of his own, Officer Ray said all he could think about during the frantic moments was his family.

"What makes it special is from here on out, I get to see her grow up," said Officer Ray.

Doctors said Bexley will soon naturally pass the coin from her body. Once it is out and heavily cleaned, the family plans to make a necklace out of the coin.

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