Hero officer saves 9-year-old boy’s life on Christmas night, police say

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to reflect the correct age of the boy. Police originally said that the child was 9 months old, but later issued a correction saying that the child was 9 years old.

A Mid-South police officer is being praised as a hero after saving the life of a young boy on Christmas night.

According to the West Memphis Police Department, a 9-year-old boy was choking on his own vomit around 8 p.m. on December 25.

Police got the call about a child not breathing and immediately made their way to the location.

With no time to lose, Officer Blake Forthman employed the Heimlich Maneuver to clear that child’s airway, police said.

According to police, the young boy began breathing on his own again and slowly regained consciousness.

WMPD awarded Officer Forthman with a Life Saving Award for his quick actions.