Responders

Officer saves choking infant before nabbing robbery suspect

Catching up to this story: West Covina police officer Eduardo Flores had a busy morning on Monday. First, he responded to an emergency call of a 3-month-old boy choking in his crib. The nine-year veteran of the West Covina department was the first on scene. "I could hear him choking and trying to gasp for air so I immediately checked his mouth and I couldn't find anything," Flores told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "His skin was already blue and his lips were white."

After several attempts, Flores was able to dislodge a piece of blue cloth from the baby's throat. The infant began to breath and slowly regained his color.

On the emergency tape, Flores could be heard calling him a "miracle baby."

But his day wasn't done quiet yet at that point, Police Chief Frank Wills said.

"He went from saving a life to just within 30 minutes later risking his own life when we had a bank robbery," Wills said.

Flores was the first to spot a van matching one used in a robbery reported at the First Financial Credit Union on Workman Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. He gave chase and was part of making the collar.

The 911 call recording is at the Tribune site.


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