Police Officer Saves Choking Infant Inside LAPD Station

Dramatic bodycam video shows the moment Officer Nick Ferara of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) came to the aid of a baby boy who began choking and experiencing a seizure inside a police station on Tuesday, August 23.

The footage, which was released by LAPD on Wednesday, shows a family sitting on a bench in the reception area of the Harbor Community Police Station when the father suddenly jumps up with his child in his arms and rushed toward a drinking fountain.

Officer Ferara told a press conference on Thursday that the father began wetting the boy’s hair and told Ferara the boy was choking and having a seizure. As Ferara lifted the baby up, the boy starting gasping for air and then went limp, Ferara said. The officer then placed the baby face-down across his knee and began patting him on the back to clear a suspected blockage child’s airways, at which point the baby then stopped moving entirely, Ferara said.

“I hear the heart racing super fast but I couldn’t hear or feel the lungs moving at all, so I was terrified,” Ferara said.

They then brought the baby to a bathroom where Ferara said he began “doing rescue pats on the back really hard” and splashing water in the boy’s face. “That’s when I felt a gasp of air,” Ferara said, prompting him lay the baby down and turn him into a side position after which the boy “made a full recovery.” Credit: LAPD via Storyful

Video transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

NICK FERARA: Is he breathing?

- Come in, Come in.

[THUMPING]

- Come in, come in, come in. I need the water.

NICK FERARA: I can't. Wait, I don't know if he's breathing right now.

[THUMPING]

- I'll get him water.

NICK FERARA: He's not breathing. Hold on.

[THUMPING]

You called the ambulance?

[GASPING]

[THUMPING]

Come on, come on, come on, come on.

[GASPING]

Breathe, come on.

[GASPING]

[THUMPING]

- [INAUDIBLE].

NICK FERARA: Huh?

- Give him rescue breaths. Is he not breathing?

NICK FERARA: I don't know if he's breathing.

[GASPING]

- No, he's breathing.

NICK FERARA: He is?

- Yeah, he is.

NICK FERARA: OK.

- The ambulance is coming.

- OK, OK. He looks good though.

- [INAUDIBLE].

- Do you guys need any help on the phone? You know that he's breathing?

- Yes.

NICK FERARA: I think he's breathing. I think he's breathing.

- [INAUDIBLE].

NICK FERARA: OK, better. There he is.

- [INAUDIBLE]

[MUSIC PLAYING]