After a dramatic body camera video showed that his actions helped save a shocking 4-month-old child, a South Carolina police officer was hailed as a hero.
Cpl. Derrall Foster of the Belton Police Department had come to the scene on Oct. 4 to find neighbors waving him in a panic.
Belton Police Department’s Cpl. Derrall Foster said he arrived on Oct. 4 at the scene to see people waving him in a panic.
After choking on a Tylenol, a baby named Maryelle had stopped breathing. Her desperate mother, Kiersten Nivens, had run outside for help after her phone battery died.
“She was not blue yet, but she was not breathing,” Foster told the station. “She was very limp. I saw my 2-year-old as if it were her, and I knew we had to take care of the situation.”
Video shows Foster doing a modified version of infant chest compressions, tapping her back to get the medication out of her mouth. But the child did not respond, and he told the station she looked lethargic.
Foster did not give up and kept patting her back several times until he heard the perfect sound: the cry of Maryelle.
“Oh God it was very relieving,” Foster said. “I’m just doing my job. That’s all I was doing.”
Nivens told the station after the scare that she was grateful for Foster and all the first responders that rescued her daughter.