Two Bronx, New York, police officers saved the life of an unconscious 3-year-old boy when his father ran to them for help.
At around 3:30 p.m. on July 23, the father ran towards the 44th Precinct stationhouse with his son’s limp body in his arms, the New York Daily News reports.
Officer Ariel Zaremba laid the child on the sidewalk as officer George Lippi checked his pulse.
He was not breathing.
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Paramedics were called, and while they waited for them to arrive, Zaremba performed CPR.
The situation grew more dire as the boy’s eyes began to roll back and his jaw locked.
Sgt. Anthony Lombardo then ordered Zaremba and Lippi to drive the boy in a patrol car to Bronx Lebanon Hospital.
It takes six to 14 minutes by car to travel the one mile distance from the stationhouse to the hospital, depending on traffic conditions, according to Google Maps. With sirens blazing, the officers may have arrived faster.
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As the officers waited outside the closed emergency room curtain where nurses were aiding the boy, they eventually heard the sound of him crying.
What triggered the boy’s ailment is unknown, as is his current condition.