William Eng, an Asian-American police officer of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, is being recognized for his heroism after he saved a newborn baby from certain death in Savannah, Georgia.
On Dec. 1, Friday, police were immediately dispatched to West 57th Street after a woman called 911 about an unresponsive one-month old baby. Officer Eng was the first to arrive on the scene at 8:30 p.m., according to SCMPD.org.
“We need an ambulance, we need an ambulance. My mama’s baby has stopped breathing,” the 911 caller said in the recording.
Body cam footage from the officer shows Eng running through three flights of stairs before finding two women who were in great distress and a newborn, Bella, who appeared to not be breathing. The quick-thinking Officer Eng immediately performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the one-month old baby.
One minute later, the officer heard the little girl cry and immediately called in to notify dispatch that she was immediately taken to St. Joseph’s/Candler hospital for further treatment. Upon arriving, doctors said that what Officer Eng did saved the little girl’s life.
“Officer Eng did not hesitate to jump into action. Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl,”
Officer Eng’s supervisor, Sergeant Phillip Collard, told WSAV
On Monday, Adkins, the mother of Bella, brought her infant and another member of her family to the police department for a “heartfelt reunion” with Eng.
“He was at the right place at the right time. See, sometimes angels don’t come from heaven, God has them already here and he’s an angel,” Bella’s great-grandmother said.
Eng also presented a onesie to the baby girl with the logo of Metro Police, which brought so much joy to the hearts of the people who were at the gathering.