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Secaucus police officer saves baby

Officer Mikhail Kowlessar helped the baby breathe on his own

Police Officer Mikhail Kowlessar. Photo courtesy of the Secaucus Police Department.

A Secaucus police officer saved a choking baby by performing CPR, according to authorities.

On Oct. 7 at approximately 8:37 p.m., the Secaucus Police Department received a call from a father saying that his five-week-old baby was turning blue.

Officers responded to the Mallard Place residence and found the boy was not breathing. Police said his mother was administering Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) under the guidance of the medical dispatcher over the phone.

Parents and police kept their cool

Police Officer Mikhail Kowlessar stepped in, took the newborn and swiftly administered “back slaps,” in accordance with his training. The infant spit up some clear liquid and began to breathe on his own, police said.

The infant was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and was discharged the next morning. According to police, the infant is doing well.

Secaucus Police Chief Dennis Miller praised the officer as well as the parents for their handling of the situation.

“First, I would like to commend the parents of this infant for their ability to follow the directions of the Emergency Medical Dispatch and initiate CPR,” Miller said.

“I would also like to recognize the responding police officers, especially Police Officer Mikhail Kowlessar. Police Officer Kowlessar utilized his training and performed flawlessly, which undoubtedly saved this infant’s life. I am extremely proud of him.”

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