WATCH: Michigan police officer saves life of choking 3-week-old baby

VIDEO: Police officer saves life of choking infant

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A Michigan police officer is being praised for his quick thinking under pressure after he saved the life of a baby girl who wasn't breathing.

According to the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, the incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday outside a home on Waltham Drive in Sterling Heights. A dashcam captured the baby’s panicked family members pleading for help as Sterling Heights police Officer Cameron Maciejewski arrived at the scene.

After quickly determining that something was blocking the 3-week-old's airway, Maciejewski picked up the infant and began performing back thrusts, the Police Department wrote in a Facebook post. The baby then coughed and started to cry, according to the post.

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Sterling Heights Police Officer Saves Three-week-old Baby

Upon pulling up to the home, the officer was rushed by the family who were holding their three week old baby girl, who was not breathing. Ofc. Maciejewski calmly takes the baby in his arms and performs back thrusts in attempts to clear the baby’s air way. When doing so, the baby coughs up the obstruction, and begins to cry. The baby was then turned over to the Sterling Heights Fire Department who transported the baby to the hospital for evaluation. If it wasn’t for Ofc. Maciejewski’s quick, calm, lifesaving actions, the outcome of this incident could have been tragically different. Not only did the officer save the baby, but the officer did an outstanding job consoling the family. Once again, the Sterling Heights Police Department strives to provide the best service to our citizens, especially when it matters most!

Posted by Sterling Heights Police Department on Monday, July 13, 2020

“If it wasn’t for Ofc. Maciejewski’s quick, calm, lifesaving actions, the outcome of this incident could have been tragically different,” the post read. “Not only did the officer save the baby, but the officer did an outstanding job consoling the family.”

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