“I was just doing my job, but I was glad I was in the right place at the right time to be able to help,” said Officer Bhowmik.
Late last month, Critical Response Command Officers Bhowmik and Mercedes were in route to their command post when a distraught woman approached their department vehicle. The mother informed the officers that her son was choking and had passed out on the sidewalk.
The officers immediately pulled over and began to render aid to the 2-year-old child. While Officer Bhowmik performed the Heimlich maneuver, Officer Mercedes called over the radio to request medical assistance.
At first the boy was unresponsive, but Officer Bhowmik was determined to revive the toddler. Using his training, Officer Bhowmik was able to dislodge a lollipop from the child’s airway. After a few moments, the toddler regained consciousness and began to breathe again. When EMS arrived, the boy was transported to the hospital where he made a full recovery.