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Madison police officer celebrated for saving infant’s life

Ofc. Andy Deushars will be nominated for a lifesaving award for saving the three-month-old
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 4:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A three-month old baby is back home with her mother Wednesday thanks to the Madison Police Dept. office who is being credited with saving the little girl’s life.

East District Officer Andy Deuchars rushed to a home on Jupiter Drive around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after the infant’s mother called for help, saying her three-month-old baby was not breathing, according to an MPD incident report. The baby’s mom, whose name was not released, was already outside with her daughter as he arrived.

The mother was “very frantic, and crying,” he recounted. In his report, Deuchars wrote, “I immediately observed (the baby), whose eyes appeared like they were bulging out of their sockets ... was not making any sounds ... and appeared very rigid in (her mother’s) arms,” according to the report.

After asking if he could take the baby, Deuchars described what happened next, saying he placed her “over on her belly, cradling her head in my left hand, while her body ran along my left arm. I delivered five back blows between her shoulder blades.”

Deuchars tells NBC15 News in an interview Wednesday that " I immediately knew: she wasn’t breathing, so I asked the mom if I could have the baby so I could render aid. This is why we do the job. To try and help people.”

East District Officer Andy Deuchars
East District Officer Andy Deuchars(WMTV)

Then, using two fingers, Deuchars gave her a several chest compressions. A few more back blows and the little girl started crying, MPD report stated, adding that she had appeared to spit up some baby formula.

Madison Fire Dept. paramedics were then able to take the infant to the hospital where she could be checked out.

MPD noted Officer Deuchars will be nominated for a departmental lifesaving award.

Deuchars tells NBC15 News he credits his training for allowing him to take action immediately.

He says afterwards he was a little shaken up as he processed what happened. But he says he’s glad the baby is doing okay.

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