Talk about making an impression.
It might just be a sign that you were born to be a cop if you end up saving the life of a child on your first day of paid duty in the force.
That’s exactly the experience Officer Richard Mayer had on his first day, being called to aid a 15-month-old who had begun choking on an apple slice at the local Chick-fil-A.
Mayer had joined a few of his fellow officers at the fast food restaurant when a frantic mother ran to him for help. The woman’s daughter, Charlotte, had an apple slice wedged in her throat, obstructing her breathing.
“I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away,” Mayer explained.
It worked. The apple was dislodged and the child was able to get oxygen back into her body in short order.
Video: Indiana Officer Saves Toddler’s Life First Day On The Job: Officer Richard Mayer and his fellow officers had just sat down to lunch when a woman rushed over holding her 15-month-old daughter, who was choking. https://t.co/J0s9LiQxYl #Police pic.twitter.com/z4KDx24mMX
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The grateful mother was impressed with the rookie officer.
“This is what he was meant to do,” she told ABC 7. “To save lives in some kind of way.”
“It kind of just took over… all of the training that I learned.” – Hero Officer Richard Mayer pic.twitter.com/igOLOVmfWi
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All in a day’s work for Officer Mayer. Specifically, a first day’s work.
“All three of us officers sitting there have a daughter, and all of us looked back at it and said, ‘Hey, what if that was our daughter?'” he said.
As for the mother, she said: “I’m just so thankful he was there at the right time.”
“I don’t think this was a coincidence that this was his first day,” she added. “I think he was meant to be somebody who protects and who saves and I’m just so thankful for him.”
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