‘He cries, he cries, therefore he breathes:’ Moment NYPD cop saves life of two-year-old boy who was unconscious in Brooklyn
- Body camera footage shows Officer DeLeon of the 78th NYPD precinct performing CPR on the unresponsive toddler
- The incident took place on the afternoon of August 27 at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues
- DeLeon performs chest compressions on the toddler while bystanders watch
- After a few tense seconds, the boy begins to whimper and cry, indicating that he was breathing again
Body-camera footage shows the moment an NYPD officer rescued an unconscious and unresponsive 2-year-old boy in Brooklyn with CPR.
Police shared footage of the rescue on social media in which an officer, identified by his 78th district last name, DeLeon, is handed the child by an adult woman sitting in a car.
The timestamp on the video shows the incident occurred on August 27 at around 2:49 PM.
The 78th Precinct occupies the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.
Body camera footage shows the moment an NYPD officer rescues an unresponsive toddler with CPR
The footage begins when a grown woman passes the boy to the officer, identified by his last name DeLeon
DeLeon had made a detour from his assigned route to a children’s event in District 67 when he learned the child’s age, and rushed to the crime scene on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue to help him, a police spokesman said.
“No day on patrol is ever routine,” the NYPD wrote in the Twitter post accompanying the video.
DeLeon quickly grabs the child, places him on his knee and begins to perform chest compressions on the limp toddler.
A small crowd formed around DeLeon and another older boy got out of the car to ask if the child would be okay while the officer continued to perform the compressions.
DeLeon quickly grabs the toddler before starting CPR
The officer then puts the boy on his knee and begins chest compressions as a crowd of bystanders watches
After a few tense moments, the child starts to cry, a clear sign that he has started breathing again
After a few tense seconds, the toddler begins to whimper.
“He’s breathing, isn’t he?” asks the woman who gave the 2-year-old to DeLeon as she jumps up and down ecstatically.
A bystander tries to pour water over the toddler, but DeLeon sternly tells them to back off.
Soon the child begins to whimper.
“He’s crying, he’s crying, so he’s breathing,” the officer says, relief in his voice. “He’s crying, he’s breathing.”
The NYPD did not say what caused the child to lose consciousness, but the temperature in the city rose above 92 degrees that day.
In that kind of weather, a vehicle’s interior can reach 111 degrees in just 10 minutes. After 30 minutes it can reach 126 degrees in a car.
Social media users congratulated Agent DeLeon on the rescue
On Twitter, users congratulated the agent on the rescue.
“Thank you PO DeLeon,” one user wrote.
“Wow….Great job officer!!” replied another
“WOW THANK YOU NYPD78PCT,” another replied in capital letters.
‘Excellent. God bless those men and women,” replied another.
‘Wow…. Great job officer!!’ a user congratulations.
Another quote tweeted the video, commenting on a push over the past year to divert police resources.
“But go ahead and pay the police idiots,” they wrote.
The boy was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition, an NYPD spokesman said.