Oregon parents Kaylob Harmon and Jessie Siefer were with their 1-week-old infant, Audrey, at the local mall on September 30 when she suddenly stopped breathing.
The father and some good Samaritans started CPR on the child and the mother called 911. Three officers rushed through Clackamas Town Center to assist, KVAL reports.
When deputies Zacharkiw, Olson, and Russell got to the scene, Audrey was unresponsive. They believe that the child choked on fluids, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.
The officers then worked together to save the infant. A statement from the sheriff’s office read:
Deputy Zacharkiw performed chest compressions while Deputy Olson checked the infant’s airway with his finger. Deputy Russell stabilized Audrey’s head, keeping her neck arched and airway open. Deputy Zacharkiw turned Audrey over on her stomach and performed a burping chest pat to remove fluid from the baby’s airway. After he flipped Audrey back over, Deputy Russell used a Bulbous nose sucker to extract fluid from the infant’s nose.
Paramedics arrived just two minutes later and transported the infant to the hospital.
According to the sheriff’s office, Audrey remained in intensive care as of Tuesday. Thankfully, her condition has continued to improve.
And this week, the police officers who helped save Audrey’s life got a special invitation from her parents. Deputy Zacharkiw said:
“Kaylob told us he wanted a picture to show Audrey one day of the guys who saved her life.”
The officers reunited with the infant at the hospital on October 7 for a special moment. Deputy Zacharkiw said they are happy to see she is improving:
“It was unbelievably heartwarming to be invited back, and amazing to see how far she has progressed since last Sunday. Shortly after we left, Kaylob texted me a few more pictures, excited that the EEG leads had been removed from Audrey’s head.”
It’s unclear when baby Audrey will be ready to leave the hospital.