Officer Noel Trevino, of the Phoenix Police Department, was named Officer of the Year on Sunday, Oct. 27, for his quick thinking and dedication after he saved a 4-month-old baby’s life, according to ABC 15.
The Grace Walk Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona, started honoring law enforcement officers in their community about five years ago after Phoenix police approached them to talk about building bridges within the community.
Every year, the Maryvale/Estrella Mountain precinct of the Phoenix Police Department submits several names for them to consider as an outstanding police officer that has gone above and beyond the call of duty, according to lead Pastor Joseph Calloway.
Calloway said Officer Trevino’s actions really touched a chord with everyone on their submission committee.
“We all were instantly like, this is the one,” he said.
Trevino wrapped up a call outside Walmart on April 18, 2018, when he heard the distress signal of a baby who was blue, and not breathing. He instantly sprung into action.
“When I got there, it was awkward. Even though it was daylight it was extremely dark inside the home,” Trevino said.
Trevino said he found a woman inside the home trying to perform CPR on the baby.
“The adrenaline just takes you in and you start getting tunnel vision. I was just focused on that baby,” Trevino said.
“He did not give up. He just did not give up on that little baby. At any point, he could have just said the baby is gone, but he just kept at it, kept at it until the medics arrived,” Calloway said.
Trevino performed CPR on the baby for several minutes and finally stopped when he heard the baby gasp for air. The child then was rushed to the hospital.
“It was an amazing feeling. I felt like I had done something right. It was working, and I had a lot of hope at that point,” Trevino said. “Yeah, it was very hard to see. Afterward, I felt the impact.”
Officer Trevino said he felt he had just done his job that day.
“No, I don’t feel like a hero. Any one of the officers that I work with, they would have all done the same thing,” he said.