Local officers honored for saving newborn’s life

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LACY LAKEVIEW, Texas (KWTX) Three local police officers have been honored for saving the life of a newborn baby who was not breathing and had no pulse when a 911 call was made for help.

Lacy Lakeview police Officers James Plummer (left) and Louis Rendon (right and Texas State Technical College Officer Landon Rowell (center) were honored with Lifesaving Medals Tuesday night at a Lacy Lakeview City Council meeting. (Courtesy photo)

Lacy Lakeview police Officers James Plummer and Louis Rendon and Texas State Technical College Officer Landon Rowell were honored with Lifesaving Medals Tuesday night at a Lacy Lakeview City Council meeting.

On Dec. 19 the officers responded to a report that the baby boy was unresponsive and not breathing at a home in the 300 block of Nellis Drive on the TSTC campus.

When the officers, all of whom are fathers themselves, began working on the baby he was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse.

“The officers immediately suctioned and cleared the child’s nasal airways and initiated CPR,” Lacy Lakeview police Chief John Truehitt said.

“Performing CPR on anyone is difficult, but it is even more difficult and emotional when it is such a small infant,” he said.

The officers were able to revive the boy before paramedics arrived.

Truehitt said his men were trained by the volunteer fire department in the lifesaving measures because in a small community such as Lacy Lakeview, it’s imperative that the officers know CPR well.

“We're blessed and I appreciate the fire department in training us in doing that,” Truehitt said.

“That's another big part of the story is it's something everybody needs to do. Hopefully you never need it but if you do it can save lives.”

The officers were presented with pins and certificates Tuesday night, but Truehitt said they did not want the recognition or the media attention.

“They'll charge into a room full of gunfire with no questions, but come at them with a camera about an award they received and they'll run,” the chief said.

“I can’t put into words how proud we are of them.”