Walla Walla police, paramedics save 1-year-old from choking

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Walla Walla Police Foundation

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Walla Walla first responders saved a baby from choking on Saturday.

According to the Walla Walla Police Department, they got a call about a medical emergency in which a 1-year-old was choking and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

Officers responded to help but faced another issue when they got to the home.

“Upon arrival, officers faced a protective family dog in the front yard, who was trying to protect his family amongst the chaos of the medical emergency. Officers ended up deploying pepper spray to deter the dog and allow
them into help,” the department explained in a press release.

Once officers got inside they tried to help the baby but were unsuccessful so they got in the patrol car. One officer was still trying to stop the baby from choking while the other was driving.

Officers then met up with a medic crew from Walla Walla Fire. Once inside the ambulance, paramedics were able to get the baby to breath.

The baby was later airlifted to Spokane for further care and then released from the hospital.

According to the department, the item the baby was choking on was a small piece of plastic and a penny.

The following day, officers visited the residence and brought with them $250 from the Walla Walla Police Foundation Community Care Fund to give to the family.

Contributions to the Walla Walla Police Foundation will be used to help other local families in need.

Find more Walla Walla County news here.

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