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Officer Coley hailed as hero for saving life of choking boy
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Ceres Police Officer Jason Coley is credited with saving the life of a baby who was not breathing during a medical emergency on Friday.

At 12:31 p.m. 911 dispatchers received a call of a nine-month-old baby who was unable to breathe in the 3100 block of Whitmore Avenue. Coley arrived before paramedics or firemen and took over resuscitation efforts to include back blows. This caused whatever was blocking the child's airway to dislodge and the boy started breathing again. The baby, who was less than a year old, was transported to the hospital and is doing fine.

"I was scared," admitted Coley at the Monday council meeting in which he was publicly honored. "I thought we were going to lose him. That was my first time for an incident like that."

Coley said he never saw the obstruction so was unsure why the child was choking.

An AMR ambulance crew that showed up moments later told Coley that he saved the child.

Coley received an award for Police Chief Art deWerk on Monday. Deputy Police Chief Mike Borges mentioned the incident to councilmembers which prompted applause from the crowd.

When infants are choking it's recommended laying the baby face-down on your arm, holding the head with a hand to keep the neck straight. With the infant's head lower than his or her waist, the adult should strike the baby between the shoulder blades five times with the heal of the free hand.