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Life Saving Incident

August 23, 2022
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles

California police officer's quick thinking managed to save a child who was not breathing with the whole incident being recorded on his body cam. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Nick Ferara helped save a child's life after a parent started to call out for someone to help while inside the Harbor Station. In the clip, taken at about 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, Ferara could be seen inside the station as a parent appeared to panic while holding his child. The man could be seen heading away from the entrance to the station while Ferara followed after him. Ferara took the child from the parent and proceeded to smack his back and checked to see whether he was breathing. In the clip, Ferara said: "Is he breathing? I can't wait, I don't know if he's breathing right now. He's not breathing, hold on." As Ferara held the child, he smacked his back in the hope that he would start breathing again. He can then be heard asking someone to call an ambulance. The child was taken to a nearby bathroom where Ferara continued to smack his back and another man was seen cupping water from the tap and putting it on the child's head. Ferrara told the child: "Breathe, come on." After a short while, the child was placed on the bathroom floor and could be seen moving. Ferrara then put the child in the recovery position and repeated his call for someone to call an ambulance. Relieved, he said: "OK, OK. He looks good though. Do you guys need any help on the phone? You know that he's breathing? I think he's breathing, I think he's breathing." As the clip continued, it appeared as if the child became conscious and had started to breathe comfortably on his own again. Ferrara said: "OK, better. There he is." Text at the end of the LAPD video read: "The child was transported by rescue ambulance to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. "The Los Angeles Police Department is proud to highlight extraordinary moments in everyday police work."

The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.