Choking 3-Year-Old Boy Saved by Officers in New Jersey: ‘Stay with Me, Buddy!’

Officers sprang into action on April 16 after a charter bus pulled up to Trenton Station with the choking child inside

<p>NJ Transit Police/X</p> New Jersey Transit police officers perform CPR on a 3-year-old boy.

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New Jersey Transit police officers perform CPR on a 3-year-old boy.
  • Transit police in New Jersey helped save a 3-year-old boy who was choking on an object as a charter bus reached Trenton Station on April 16

  •  Body camera footage from the incident showed officers jumping into action and performing life-saving measures shortly after the child was carried off the bus 

  • One officer was able to get the child breathing while another officer rushed the pair to a local emergency room

Newly released body camera footage shows the moment transit police in New Jersey helped save the life of a 3-year-old child who began choking on a bus.

Officers approached the bus at Trenton Station around 9:45 p.m. local time on April 16 after hearing “cries for help coming from a private bus carrier,” according to posts on X (formerly known as Twitter) from transit police.

The boy and his family were on a chartered migrant bus from Texas when the child began choking, according to ABC affiliate KABC-TV.

Body camera footage from the incident showed a man rushing off the bus with the child in his arms as one officer yelled, “Baby! Baby! Baby!”

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Police said officers performed life-saving measures, but the unresponsive child started “turning blue due to lack of oxygen.”

At one point, K9 Officer Timothy Geoghegan used his vehicle to transport the child to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, Sergeant Michael Filandro was performing CPR on the child while offering them “words of encouragement.”

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“Stay with me, buddy, okay?” the officer said as he continued to work on the patient. Moments later, the child let out a cry.

Filandro continued to offer words of encouragement after the boy began breathing again. “There we go, buddy! Alright!” he cheered. “Stay with me, though, okay? … Good job!”

"I think officer Geoghegan and I both had a huge sigh of relief, yeah, at that point, yeah, when we realized that the measures we took were successful," Filandro said at a subsequent press conference, according to CBS affiliate KYW-TV.

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The body camera footage then showed the officers arriving at the emergency room. Multiple officers could be seen approaching the vehicle, unaware that the child was breathing again.

“We got whatever it was out,” Filandro said in the clip. “He’s moving again.”

Transit police praised the officers who responded to the choking incident for doing an “excellent job” during the time of crisis.

The child's condition remains unclear as of May 1.

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