Trumann officer honored for saving life

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 officer is being honored as a local hero.

Patrolman Jonathan Schmidt of the Trumann Police Department responded to an emergency call early in the morning of May the 12th.

When arriving on the scene, Patrolman Schmidt discovered a hysterical mother begging for help because her one year old son was no longer breathing.

Patrolman Schmidt, "After I realized the baby wasn't choking on anything I started CPR. After the third or fourth round of chest compressions the baby did expel some fluid out of it's lungs and quit breathing again. Then I started CPR on the baby for the second time and after the third round of chest compression the baby expelled some more fluid out of it's lungs and had taken a big gasp and then began to cry."

The baby is now doing just fine, thanks to Patrolman Schmidt's efforts.

Chief Tony Rusher of the Trumann Police Department says this proves how vital CPR training is and that the police department intends to begin fund raising efforts for additional first aide kits, CPR equipment and additional training.

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