Manatee County deputy saves choking baby

Manatee County deputy saves choking baby
Posted at 4:48 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 16:48:50-04

BAY COUNTY, Fla. — A group of Manatee County Sheriff's deputies are being hailed heroes after saving a baby who was choking on Tuesday.

"There is nothing like being in the right place at the right time," the Bay County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. "It was the right time for the Manatee County deputies to be in Bay County to help us."

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the group of deputies was passing the Springfield Community Building when a frantic mother and father approached them. The couple's 4-month-old baby was choking, almost lifeless, according to the sheriff's office.

Manatee County Deputy Patti Smith was able to dislodge a small object and clear the baby's airway. 

"It appears the child will be ok!" the sheriff's office stated.

Sgt. Richard Kelleher and Lt. Richard Rietz assisted in the rescue efforts. Should it have been needed, several other team members were there to provide backup.