‘Right place, right time’: Queen Anne’s sheriff’s deputy helps baby boy who stopped breathing

WASHINGTON — It was Thursday afternoon and Queen Anne’s County Deputy First Class Ryan Davidson, a school resource officer at Stevensville Middle School, had to leave work early to be at a meeting at the Centreville, Maryland, headquarters.

He had just left when a 911 call came in about a 2-month-old boy in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

“Since I was right there, I just started heading down as fast as I could to the address,” said Davidson. He was the first to get there, arriving in less than two minutes.

“I knocked on the door, heard the mom yelling to come in,” said Davidson. On the couch was the mom and her baby boy, and Davidson said “he was blue and unresponsive.”

“The way he looked when I got there in the house, it was pretty scary” he admitted.

And it’s because of such situations that police officers are taught CPR and infant CPR at the academy. It’s a certification that deputies continually train to keep.

“I kept just saying ‘Come on, little buddy.’ I don’t know why,” admitted Davidson. “Just kind of like, in the moment, you just want them to come back so badly. Just give some kind of indication that he’s still, he’s still with us.”

Eventually the baby started responding, and his color improved as medics arrived. An ambulance took the child to the hospital, but by that point, because of Davidson’s quick response, CPR was no longer needed. At last word the child was still in the hospital, but his condition had stabilized, which brings some hope to the situation.

“I still think about [and wonder] how’s he doing,” said Davidson, who said he wasn’t ready to breath any sigh of relief as the ambulance sped away on Thursday until he knew the boy was doing better.

Davidson, who doesn’t have any kids of his own, said “I’ve always liked kids, they’re just fun to be around.”

He said his work as a school resource officer at Stevensville Middle School helps provide an early, positive interaction between kids and law enforcement. And now he can add another positive to the list: a 2-month-old boy whose introduction to law enforcement was a life-changing event.

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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