Pittsburgh Police officers resuscitate 1-year-old


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Briana Lewis, Contributor

PITTSBURGH – Two Pittsburgh Police officers saved a one-year-old child’s life after he stopped breathing.

Patrol officers Jena Bednarowicz and Bryce Valencic were dispatched to Lamier on Jan. 20 at around 3 p.m. after receiving a call of an unresponsive 1-year-old boy.

The officers arrived on the scene and were waved down by the child’s grandmother who then led them into the store she owned where the child’s father was with the child. Officials say the officers noted the child was not breathing.

After observing the child Officer Bednarowicz noticed the child had vomit in his mouth and began to attempt to clear the child’s airways by using blows to the back while Officer Valencic finger-swept the vomit from the child’s mouth. The child’s airway was then cleared and he began breathing again. PMS then arrived on the scene and was taken to the hospital.

The father and the child lived above the store in one of the apartments above and ran for help from the child’s grandmother working in the store below for help when the child began to have trouble breathing after drinking a bottle.

Officers Bednarowicz and Valencic were recognized for their “quick thinking and ability to stay calm under pressure” one the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 5 Facebook page after the incident.