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Maryland police officer saves life of 10-day-old infant choking on formula (911 call audio)

Baby Dana and PFC Officer Darin Behm. (Charles County Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) {}A Charles County police officer saved the life of a 10-day-old infant in Waldorf, Maryland last Friday.

On July 31 at 11:16 a.m., PFC Officer Darin Behm responded to the 400 block of Trefoil Place in Waldorf after a report of a baby having trouble breathing.

"I have an emergency. My baby, my baby is not breathing right now," the caller said.

Behm rushed to the residence and quickly headed upstairs to a bedroom, where he found a woman trying to help the baby, Dana, breathe. The infant's face was red and she was clearly in distress, according to police.

Behm checked the child and noticed the little girl's chest was not rising and falling. He then opened the baby's mouth and saw formula inside, according to police. The officer tilted the child's head and swept the inside of her mouth with his finger to try to clear her airway, but she still could not breathe. Behm then asked if the family had an aspirator, but they did not.

With Dana still struggling for air, Behm placed his mouth over the baby's nose and mouth and gently sucked until a large chunk of formula, about the size of a dime and covered in thick mucus, finally came out, according to police. The baby's chest then began to rise and fall and her breathing resumed.

Police said Dana was transported to Children's Hospital as a precaution and discharged after a few hours.

The infant's mother said she was extremely grateful to Behm, who "took control in a hectic situation" and helped her baby girl, a twin, breathe again.

Behm, himself a father to a 2-year-old boy, said his only thought was to clear Dana's airway.

"I'm glad I was able to help," he said. "It's what we do."

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