Dalton police officer credited with saving choking baby

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DALTON, Ga. - A Dalton police officer is being hailed as a hero after saving a choking baby.

Officer Michael Houck responded to a fender bender on Foster Street in Dalton. As he was wrapping up his investigation, a neighbor ran up to Houck and started to frantically talk to him in Spanish.

Investigators said one of the drivers involved in the minor wreck translated what the woman was saying, and learned that there was a baby choking nearby.  

Houck ran to the baby’s home where the mother was holding the child in the front yard.

Police said Houck turned the baby over and began to give back thrusts to the child until the baby coughed up a small piece of a carrot. The baby began to cry and gasp for air.

An EMS crew that responded to the scene checked the baby out and said the baby was OK.

The Dalton Police Department said all of their officers are trained and re-certified every other year in CPR.