A police officer has been hailed a hero after he saved a choking baby.
Two women had been participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in a nearby park on May 31, when the baby got sick, stopped breathing and lost consciousness.
In security vision released of the incident on Facebook by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a mother can be seen holding her 11-month-old boy and desperately pounding on his back.
Another woman runs towards a nearby police officer who was part of a patrol monitoring the demonstration.
The woman returns with Deputy Cameron Kinsey, who he says “recognised something was gravely wrong”.
The officer grabs the little boy and places him on his lap, he then uses his medical training to clear the baby’s airway.
Moments later more police arrive and the relieved mother holds her son again.
It was later discovered that the baby had swallowed a coin which had become stuck in his throat and stopped him from breathing.
“It was Deputy Kinsey who opened the airway with the mouth sweep procedure and turned the coin sideways, allowing air to pass through,” police wrote.
Paramedics arrived shortly afterward and transported the baby to hospital for treatment.
Deputy Kinsey said when he spotted the mother and baby in distress, he was just focused on saving the little one, not on the protest going on nearby.
“None of that other stuff matters, just the baby,” LA police reported he said.
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