When Pacific Police Capt. Larry Cook heard the call of a baby not breathing a couple weeks ago, he literally ran to the rescue.
On Thursday, June 6, a Pacific woman was exiting Interstate 44 on exit 256 behind the Pacific police station when officials said she noticed her 23-month-old son in the backseat had gone limp and was unresponsive.
The woman pulled over and called 911.
Cook said all police cruisers were on other calls when the call came in, so he ran to the scene from the police station.
“The mom was frantic,” he said. “The baby had his head dropped to the side and was a bluish gray in color. He was unresponsive.”
Cook said he did a sternum rub on the boy, who then started moaning.
“I noticed he was feeling hot through my glove and asked the mother if he had a fever,” he said. “The mother told me the baby had a double ear infection.”
The baby went limp a second time and again became unresponsive, Cook said.
“I did another sternum rub, then picked him up and started patting him on the back, talking to him,” he said. “He started crying, which is what I wanted to hear.”
Cook said paramedics arrived shortly after and he handed the baby over to them.
City Administrator Harold Selby, who had run to the scene with Cook that day, said the city was planning a formal recognition of Cook’s heroic efforts.
“Larry saved that baby’s life that day,” he said. “There’s no doubt in my mind about that.”
But Cook said he was just doing his job.
“It was a case of being in the right place at the right time,” he said.
Cook said he was later told that the baby had recovered and was doing fine.