Richmond Heights officer saves choking infant


RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW)– A Richmond Heights police officer is credited with saving an infant.

Emergency crews were called to a home Friday night for a baby not breathing.

“I heard him cry out and I jumped up when I heard the cry because he doesn’t make too much noise. So once he made a little cry out, I knew something was wrong… He turned purple and I grabbed him and I just started CPR,” said Maryann Rucker, Jacoby’s mother.

Sgt. Greg Patterson said he started chest compressions and flipped the baby over to do back blows.

“The mother came running out the front door with the baby in her hands, handed the baby over to me. I could see immediately that the baby… His face was blue, didn’t look like it was breathing,” Patterson said. “Once you hear that cry and see that it is breathing, it is definitely a relief.”

Rucker said doctors believe reflux may have caused Jacoby to choke on some milk. He was released from Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Monday afternoon.

“Tears was flowing out my eyes and I couldn’t stop crying at all, but I was so thankful that he grabbed him just in time,” Rucker said.

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