A New Canaan Police officer will receive a medical service award for saving a baby who was having difficulty breathing.
Police were dispatched to a Forest Street home at 8:54 p.m. Jan. 13. When Officer Ronald Bentley Jr. arrived on scene, the parents were holding the 4-month-old upside down trying to clear his airway.
Bentley said the baby appeared lifeless, and noticed that his skin was ashen and his lips were purple, signs that the baby wasn't breathing.
He immediately opened the baby's shirt and began rubbing his sternum, but the baby still wasn't breathing. He quickly rolled the infant over and began administering back blows, pausing after a moment to see the baby was still unconscious and still not breathing. He rolled the baby over a second time and applied more back blows, which caused the baby to vomit and dislodged the obstruction in his airway. The baby began breathing again and opened his eyes.
The New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported the baby to Norwalk Hospital where he was diagnosed with a milk allergy, treated and released.
"Officer Ronald Bentley Jr.'s quick thinking and actions on the night of January 13, 2014 undoubtedly saved the life of that 4-month-old child," New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release. "He remained calm and relied on his training to do what needed to be done despite the high level of stress he was experiencing at the moment."