2012-09-28 / Top Stories

Crime Team Saves Choking Tot’s Life

By Howard Schwach

Two anti-crime team police officers and their sergeant from the 101 Precinct responding to a call of a fouryear old girl in distress went to work and saved the tot’s life even before EMS workers were on the scene on Saturday night, sources told The Wave this week. The cops were on patrol near 319 Beach 54 at about 7:30 p.m. when they heard the call over their radio and responded.

There, they found the unidentified toddler foaming at the mouth and choking, unable to breathe.

Although EMS had been ordered to respond, the first ambulance had not yet reached the scene.

Sergeant Steve Crozier and Police Officers Anthony Rivelli and Jeffrey Liu went right to work.

According to the source, Police Officer Rivelli reached his fingers into the baby’s throat and pulled out a piece of food that had obstructed its airway while Sergeant Crozier did back strokes to dislodge the chunk of food.

The baby was transported to Jamaica Hospital Center, where it was treated and released.

“We really thought that the people of Far Rockaway should know what those cops did,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said. “They really saved the baby’s life and they deserve credit for that.”

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