Though Officer Cody Hubbard, 23, is new to the Pottsville Police Department in Arkansas, he acted like a true veteran when he responded to a choking infant call.
Joe Chronister had administered gas drops to his 3-week-old son, Grady, when the newborn began choking.
“We were trying to give Grady his medicine … and he was taking them just fine,” Chronister told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday. “Right towards the end, he started choking.
We were trying everything, and it seemed like he (Hubbard) knew precisely what to do,” said Chronister.
Hubbard’s body-cam captured footage of the intense moments where he saved the baby’s life.
In the video, baby Grady’s parents and grandmother are seen standing by, tears in their eyes, as Officer Hubbard calmly and swiftly turns the purple-faced baby on his tummy. He pats his back until the baby’s labored breathing becomes clear.
The parents are overjoyed that Officer Hubbard was able to accomplish the mission so quickly and efficiently.
“Got him breathing and got him crying, which is a good thing,” said Chronister. “He saved my baby’s life.”
“A normal day went to a chaotic day in a matter of seconds,” Hubbard said. “When a family is depending on you like that, you know the pressure hits.”
Hubbard is a father himself and drew upon his personal experience to quickly address the problem and save the baby.
“Whenever I rolled up on this call, anytime I deal with something that involves a child, I think about how the parents would want me to treat the child as if it was mine,” Hubbard explained.
He also believes that The Almighty directly assisted him in being successful, saying that, “Pretty much for the Lord to be on my side on this one.”
After he completed the call, with baby Grady safe and sound, Officer Hubbard returned to his cruiser, turned off his cameras, and had himself a good cry. Though he maintained his composure on the call, keeping everyone else calm during the chaos, the emotions were welling up inside of him.
“I started just kind of bawling because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” he recalled. “Mentally, I just broke down. I was crying, but it was happy tears.”
Officer Hubbard is set to receive a life-saving award later this month.