LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles police sergeant on patrol near Echo Park last week helped save the life of a toddler who had stopped breathing.
At around 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 19, the sergeant was driving down Bellevue Avenue, near Echo Park Avenue, when he was flagged down by a man holding a lifeless toddler in his arms.
"Officer, please, please! I don't know what's wrong!" the officer's dramatic bodycam video shows the man pleading.
"She was in the car with me, she was in the car with me, I don't know what happened," the man tells the sergeant.
LAPD Sgt. Bumjin Kim jumped into action, calmly taking the girl in his arms and clearing her airway while concurrently calling for an ambulance. Moments later the girl was breathing again.
"The whole incident took about 45 seconds or a minute, whatever it was," Kim said. "My big thing at the time was getting the paramedics there, and it really didn't hit me about what was going on until they got there. There was a sigh of relief once the baby started crying."
She was taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles for treatment. At last report she was stable.
Kim, a father himself, comforted the toddler's father after the ordeal was over.
"We shared a hug," Kim said. "There was a sigh of relief between both of us as fathers."
Kim hopes to give the young girl a teddy bear dawning an LAPD vest once he sees her again.
"I'm just glad everybody is safe," he said.
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