Deputy resuscitates seven-month-old baby on hood of squad

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Deputy Jeffrey Mike

Deputy Jeffrey Mike

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Mike is being hailed a hero after he resuscitated a seven-month-old choking baby on the hood of his squad on Tuesday evening, March 26th.

The deputy responded to a 911 call from a woman who was pulled over on the northbound on-ramp to I-43 at Layton Avenue. She was attempting CPR on her seven-month-old baby.

"I was shaking for about an hour after this happened, and every time I tell this story, I get all worked up," Deputy Mike said.

According to authorities, the mother heard the child choking, stopped her vehicle on the freeway on-ramp and got out to check on the baby in the back seat.  She was unsuccessful in removing milk and phlegm from the child’s mouth, attempted CPR and called 911 when she could not revive the baby.

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When the deputy arrived on the scene the mother handed him the lifeless child. The deputy performed CPR on the baby on the hood of his squad after clearing the baby's airway by delivering back thrusts and doing a finger sweep of the child's mouth.

"Infants are a bit harder. They are smaller. You got to be careful on how you give chest compressions and and how things go," Deputy Mike said.

At that point, the child responded by making a closed fist and opening her eyes.

"After we got those breaths in there, we started doing chest compressions. Then, the baby closed her hands. The mom pointed out the baby just closed her hands, and the eyes fluttered open," Deputy Mike said.

The deputy continued chest compressions until Milwaukee Fire Department medical personnel arrived on the scene and took over the rescue effort.

The seven-month-old baby was transported to Children's Hospital -- and is reportedly doing well.

On Deputy Mike's Facebook page, he posted a message on Wednesday. It reads: Thank you to everyone for the calls, texts, and FB posts. I appreciate it. I did what anyone of you would have done in my shoes. I'm very happy everything turned out how it did. Thanks to Kevin Leidel for keeping me calm and focused. I'm lucky he was there.

Some are calling the 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office who has never had to call on this kind of training before -- a hero.

"I don't do this for the publicity or the accolades. I was happy I was there. I was happy I could help," Deputy Mike said.