2005-05-06 / Community

Cops Rush Blue Baby To Hospital

If you think cops are never around when you need them, baby you’re wrong.

Officers recently turned that old adage on its ear when they were in the right place at the right time and whisked a tiny tot – blue in the face – to a local hospital.

The serendipitous rescue unfolded in a flash when the officers, who were riding through the Redfern Housing Complex in an unmarked car on Saturday, April 23, spotted a woman crying for help, a police source said.

Then the officers noticed a man carrying a baby.

What for an instant appeared to be a kidnapping in progress turned out to be a major medical emergency for a boy, age 2 to 3-years-old, and his frantic parents who wanted to get him to a hospital.

The officers, who could see the boy’s blue face when they got closer, assumed he was choking to death and told the man holding him to jump in the their car. The officers raced to St. John’s Hospital, calling ahead to notify emergency room staff that they were on their way.

Police said the boy had a severe fever and may have been on the verge of suffering seizures. One of the officers later compared the baby’s coloration to his blue NYPD uniform shirt.

The names of the parents and child were not released, and the modest, quick-thinking officers sought no recognition for their efforts.

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