A New York City police officer staked out on a crackdown of speeding drivers at a busy Bronx intersection rescued an unresponsive baby who turned out to be inside an apartment right by where he was parked, police say.
Officer Johnny Castillo, a four-year member of the NYPD, was operating a radar gun at East 196th Street and Grand Concourse as part of the Vision Zero initiative Tuesday morning when he heard the radio call, according to the NYPD.
He ran upstairs and saw the parents standing over the unconcious baby lying on the dining room table, blue and not breathing, police said.
Castillo applied four light chest compressions, and the girl began moving and breathing on her own.
EMS workers soon arrived and transported the baby girl to Montefiore Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition in the pediatric unit.
The 38-year-old married father of five has served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, and received two Purple Heart medals and a Presidential Citation from President George W. Bush, according to the NYPD.
On Sunday night, two NYPD officers helped save another baby who was not breathing in Brooklyn.