A quick-thinking novice cop in Arkansas recently saved the life of a newborn baby, with his heroic rescue captured on camera.
Cody Hubbard, 23, is the rookie officer who sprang into action in Pottsville last weekend to save the day.
Pottsville Police received a call about a three-week-old baby who needed help because he choked on anti-gas droplets last Saturday.
The child was clearly struggling to breathe, causing his parents and grandparents to panic.
“We tried to give Grady his meds…and he was taking them just fine,” Father Joe Chronister told me Fox & Friends on Saturday. “Towards the end he started to choke.”
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Officer Cody Hubbard, 23, intervened to save the day in Pottsville, Arkansas after a baby’s ailing family called police when the newborn began to choke on medicine
The baby started to “turn purple,” prompting Joe and his wife to call 911.
Hubbard responded to the call and says he prayed on the way to the baby.
“A normal day turned into a chaotic day in a matter of seconds,” said Hubbard, a parent himself. FOX 16 after the fact. “When a family is so dependent on you, you know the pressure is mounting.”
Hubbard later said he was dealing with a similar problem himself, involving his daughter, which gave him the experience to handle the situation.
Chronister tried in vain to help his son, but struggled until Hubbard arrived.
The officer appeared to be squeezing and clapping the baby’s back, trying to dislodge the drops
Hubbard, for his part, attributed salvation to prayer, saying, ‘Virtually for the Lord to be on my side in this’
“We tried everything, and it seemed like he… [Hubbard] knew exactly what to do,’ Chronister said.
Bodycam footage of Hubbard’s uniform shows him flipping Grady on the back and trying to squeeze under his armpits, ultimately helping to dislodge the drops from where they were packed.
“Let him breathe and make him cry, which is a good thing,” Chronister said. “He saved my baby’s life.”
Hubbard, for his part, attributed salvation to prayer, saying, “It’s as good as the Lord is on my side in this.”
Hubbard also explained his approach to dealing with situations involving children.
“Every time I get this call, whenever I’m dealing with something involving a child, I think about how the parents would want me to treat the child as if it were my own,” Hubbard said.
“I started to roar a little because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” Hubbard said. “Mentally I just broke down. I cried, but they were happy tears’
Afterward, Hubbard admits to crying over the ordeal in his police car after turning off his body camera.
“I started to roar a little because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” Hubbard said. “Mentally I just broke down. I cried, but they were happy tears.’
“It was life-changing,” Hubbard added to Fox & Friends.
Hubbard will receive an award later this month for saving a life
On Thursday, the police posted on Facebook about the incident: ‘As a cop you never know what to expect, it can go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye.
“Last Saturday Officer Hubbard went above and beyond to save a small life, thank you Officer Hubbard for your prompt response. This is what we’re all about!’
Hubbard will receive an award later this month in honor of having saved a life.
Grady would be fine now.