Imagine you’re a rookie cop like Officer Mayer. It’s your first day on the job as a police officer. That’s got a be a little scary right? Protecting the lives of the innocent. Arresting bad douchbags. Dealing with drug addicts and gang bangers. Certainly not everyone is cut out for being a police officer.
But this rookie cop just happen to be at the right place at the right time. He was out on rounds, when he stopped with some fellow officers for a lunch break at a local Chick-fil-A in Hobart, Indiana.
Thank goodness he did, because on his first day on the job he saved the life of a 15-month-old little girl. Because of the heroic efforts of this rookie cop, Officer Richard Mayer, a young 15-month-old Indiana toddler is alive today.
Charlotte, the 15-month-old toddler, was having lunch with her mother, Melanie Hasse at the Chick-fil-A in Hobart, Indiana when she began choking on what was later identified as a small piece of apple.
“I looked over and she started gagging,” Hasse said, according to WLS-TV. “I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat.”
Fortunate, for this mother, rookie cop Officer Mayer was seated just a few tables away. Officer Mayer noticed that Hasse’s child had begun to turn purple.
Melanie Hasse dashed over, with child in her arms, to the officer’s table, where instinct took over and Officer Mayer quickly jumped into action.
“She came running over … I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away,” Officer Mayer said, according to WLS.
Amazing! Isn’t it? Rookie cop Mayer’s first act as a paid police officer. The object lodged in Charlotte’s throat was a piece of apple.
“And then she started crying, and I was like ‘OK, we’re OK,” Hasse said.
Grateful for Mayer’s help, Hasse said, “This is what he was meant to do. To save lives in some kind of way.”
According to WGN-TV, rookie cop, Officer Mayer, who also has a 1-year-old daughter, has had to use the baby Heimlich maneuver on his own child before.
“That caught us all off guard,” Mayer said. “All three of us officers sitting there have a daughter, and all of us looked back at it and said, ‘Hey, what if that was our daughter?’”
Hasse told WGN that she doesn’t believe it’s coincidence that Mayer was there to respond to her emergency.
“I’ve been so thankful to the Lord that he was there at the right time, right when I was, and I don’t think it’s coincidence that this was his first day,” Hasse told WGN. “I think he was meant to be somebody who protects and saves, and I’m just so thankful for him.”
According to the New York Department of Health, choking is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five. Children can choke on food, toys, and other household items. According to Baby Center, a parent in the same situation as Melanie Hasse should alternate between five back slaps and five abdomen thrusts until the object becomes dislodged or the child starts coughing.