Reporting Mark Abrams
By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Police Department recognized 69 officers Wednesday afternoon during merit commendation ceremonies, including two officers from the city’s 15th district whose heroic efforts saved a life.
It was last May 14th when patrol officers Kirk Dodd and William Smith received a police radio call about a hospital case.
When they arrived at the scene, Dodd says the pair found a child lying motionless on the ground after falling out of a second-story window.
”A three-year-old baby was laying on the ground, bleeding from the head. The baby wasn’t breathing, so we listened to see if rescue wascoming and it wasn’t. So we decided to put the baby in the car,” Dodd explained.
Dodd began working on the baby in the backseat of the police car as Smith headed for St. Christopher’s Hospital.
“Constantly looking back, making sure he was okay with the baby back there and mom, you know, she was hysterical in the back seat also. But we did it, we notified the hospital that we were coming, told radio, let ‘em know we were coming in hot.”
The pair says the baby survived. They followed up recently with the parents and found he is doing remarkably well.
Both men have children of their own and say it was thoughts of them that pushed them to do everything they could to save a young life.