NYPD officers save choking baby in Olinville

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NYPD officers responding to a 911 call encountered a scene they were not expecting.

Officers were sent to Olinville around 11 p.m. on Aug. 18 for a shots fired call.

Police say while looking for leads near East 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard, a vehicle sped past their car and stopped short. They say a woman was screaming and said her baby was choking.

Without hestitation, officers answered the call to action.

While officer Lauren Southwell phoned for an ambulance and comforted the mother, officer Issaka Abubakar put his training to the test.

"I just turned the baby over, gave it you know, gently, multiple pats on the back. Flipped it over, checked the pulse, back again, and gentle pat, and at that point the baby started crying," said Abubakar.

EMTs arrived to the scene and the 9-month-old was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Two days later as protocol, officers checked with the family and snapped a photo with the baby girl.

The baby was happy and healthy.

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