‘I thought of my own daughter’: Heroic cop opens up about saving the life of a baby by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre as the infant choked on Christmas Eve
- Sergeant Jason Lee saved an eight-month-old in a Perth police station Tuesday
- CCTV captured him performing the Heimlich Manoeuvre on her as she choked
- He said he later became emotional as he reflected on his newborn daughter
- The parents rushed into the station seeking help after the girl stopped breathing
- The officer’s actions were applauded by many when the video was posted online
A heroic cop that saved the life of an eight-month-old baby choking to death has revealed he later became emotional reflecting on his own daughter.
Police Sergeant Jason Lee performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on the young girl at Northbridge police station, in Perth, on Christmas eve.
CCTV captured the moment her distressed parents rushed into the building seeking help around 11.30pm as their child had stopped breathing.
Police Sergeant Jason Lee saved the life of an eight-month-old girl that was choking to death on Christmas eve
Sergeant Lee sprang into action and dislodged food from the infant’s throat thrusting her back into consciousness minutes before Christmas.
But stepping in without thought, the gravity of the situation sunk in when he contemplated his own infant.
‘I just leapt into action and let my training kick in,’ he told Sunrise on Thursday.
‘At the time I had no emotion really until I went behind closed doors then I thought of my daughter myself and that’s when the emotion hit me.’
The officer said he had attended a first aid refresher course three weeks earlier and had asked choking-specific questions because he has a newborn.
He said his training had made him well prepared and he was able to remain clear headed as he enacted the steps.
‘I ran out there and the baby was quite limp. The eyes were barely open and the lips were blue so I just took the baby off them and knew what to do,’ he said.
Sergeant Jason Lee (pictured) said he was able to remain clear headed while he performed the Heimlich Manouevre but later felt emotional reflecting on his own young daughter
Sergeant Lee said the panicked parents ran into the station explaining what had happened and repeatedly shouting ‘help’.
Footage shows the mum and dad watching anxiously as he attempted the first aid procedure on their daughter in the foyer of the station.
The heroic officer was successful within several seconds and then handed the baby back to the relieved parents.
The young couple were later taught the manoevre by police officers should they ever face the same situation in the future and left the station by midnight.
Sergeant Lee’s quick-thinking actions were applauded online when the video was uploaded to the Western Australia Police Force Facebook page on Wednesday.
After several seconds, the officer was able to successfully dislodge the object in the baby’s throat, saving the tot’s life
‘That officer deserves a medal. He reacted so quickly doing exactly the right thing. Sir, you are my hero of the year,’ one person wrote.
Another read: ‘Well done Sarge, this is one Christmas that family will never forget and be eternally grateful to you for. Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.’
The officer said he has not heard from the young family since Tuesday.