Three NYPD officers are being hailed heroes after saving a baby who suddenly stopped breathing while on the subway.
Police say just before 6 p.m. Thursday the panicked parents of the baby girl flagged down officers at the A/C/E Times Square subway stop at 43rd Street and 8th Avenue.
“The feeling never gets better than that,” officer Mike Reilly said at a press conference Thursday night. “It’s why you take the job."
Newly released surveillance video shows the moment the parents sought help. Officer John Williams, who also works as an EMT, said he immediately recognized the problem.
Williams said the baby was suffering from a febrile seizure, a condition that happens when an infant overheats.
Williams quickly cooled the baby girl down with ice packs and the baby come to.
“Instantly she cooled down and started crying,” Williams said. “When she cries that means she’s breathing.”
Officer Daniel Velasquez happened to be at the scene at time to help translate for the baby’s family who didn’t speak English, which made for an easier recue, the officers said.
“The baby cry was the best thing we could hear,” Velasquez said. “It was like the sign of life, which was amazing.” Velasquez said.