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Feb 9, 2016 5:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Police Officer Saves Baby Who Stopped Breathing

Feb 10, 2016 9:57 AM

A Southampton Town Police officer saved a 1-year-old infant’s life last week after he stopped breathing for unknown reasons.

Officer Kristian LoRusso responded to a home in Westhampton at about 8:10 a.m. on February 3, after the baby’s sister reported that her brother was having “trouble breathing,” authorities said. Officer LoRusso arrived about two minutes later and, although the family did not speak English, he realized that the baby’s face had turned blue. The baby also lacked a pulse, Officer LoRusso said when reached on Tuesday.

Officer LoRusso said he immediately began CPR on the baby, which included chest compressions and rescue breathing, until the infant began to breathe again on his own.

“I just kind of went through training,” Officer LoRusso recalled this week, describing the situation as “intense.”

“Slowly, he was getting back to normal,” the officer added. “He started crying, and a normal shade of color came back.”

Members of the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance responded to the home and transported the infant, his sister and their mother to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for further medical assistance.

The baby has since been released from the hospital and is home with his family, according to police.

Fortunately, Officer LoRusso said he was only a few miles from the home when the emergency call came in. “I just happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he said.

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Well done... Training does come through.
By knitter (1903), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 7:47 AM
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Are the regular police bashers too gutless to chime in with an "attaboy" for a job well-done?
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Feb 10, 16 2:15 PM
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Nice to see another positive story about a local police officer.
By Dafsgirl (64), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 3:44 PM
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Amazing Grace!
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 5:47 PM
Must be a real sense of self-satisfaction for this officer to have saved a life. God bless him and all public servants who are motivated by service.
By June Bug (2599), SOUTHAMPTON on Feb 10, 16 6:35 PM
Excellent job!
By Michael Tessitore (76), East Quogue, New York on Feb 10, 16 8:00 PM
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