Mayor de Blasio Praises Cops Who Saved Baby With CPR in Speeding Patrol Car

Monday, Mar 3, 2014  |  Updated 4:40 PM EDT
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Mayor de Blasio Praises Cops Who Saved Baby

Mayor de Blasio praised two NYPD officers who saved a baby girl over the weekend, one giving her CPR in the patrol car as the other drove to the hospital.

Officers Michael Konatsotis and David Roussine responded Saturday after her panicked parents called 911 when she turned blue. 

The officers said they arrived at the child's midtown Manhattan building before EMTs, and a crowd outside flagged them down.

Speaking at City Hall Monday, Roussine said the 15-month-old girl was limp, with her eyes open and not taking any breaths.

"We had to take action, and swift action, at that point," said Konatsotis.

So the pair ushered the parents into the back seat of their patrol car and Konatsotis performed CPR on the baby as Roussine sped to the hospital, sirens and lights blaring for the 10-block trip.

When they arrived, the baby let out a big burp, color returned to her face and she started crying, the officers said.

The burp "was the greatest sound that I heard," said Konatsotis.

De Blasio hugged the officers and praised them for a job well done.

The baby was expected to be OK.
 

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