Police officer in Virginia performs CPR to save baby’s life

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — The actions of a police officer in Virginia saved the life of a 1-month-old baby girl.

Culpeper Police Department spokesman Jeff Dodson tells local media that Oct. 12, K-9 Officer David Cole responded to a call of an unconscious infant at a Culpeper home, about 35 miles southeast of Fredericksburg.

Cole arrived to find the baby unresponsive and not breathing. The baby’s father had already tried CPR without success.

“I ran up to the top of the steps and the father came out of the room with a female infant. He just handed her to me,” Cole told NBC Washington.

Cole, who is trained in infant CPR, said he rolled the infant over and gave her three hard blows to the back. The infant, Alexa Rosales, immediately became responsive.

“It looked like she wanted to cry, but never did. She just gave me — it was a smile, and that was the best feeling in the world at that point. These are the moments that you live for,” Cole said.

The baby was taken to a hospital for a full medical evaluation. Dodson says she was released a few hours later.

The following day, Cole stopped by the house to check on the infant and bring her a stuffed animal.

“[I] thought it would be a good thing to bring a little stuffed animal and let them know that we do care,” Cole said.

See the full report from WTOP’s TV news partner, NBC Washington, below.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report.

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