Two police officers are being called heroes for saving the life of a newborn baby found unresponsive in San Francisco’s Bayview District early this morning, police said.
The officers, who work out of the department’s Bayview Station, responded around 2 a.m. to a request for a welfare check at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue. The caller said there was a woman bleeding there, police said.
As the officers were arriving, they were flagged down by a man holding a newborn boy. Because the baby was unresponsive, the officers requested an ambulance and one officer, a former paramedic, began performing CPR, police said.
The officers then decided to take the child to the hospital themselves rather than wait for the ambulance, police said.
Additional officers located the baby’s mother, a 39-year-old woman, and also took her to the hospital, according to police.
Both the mother and child remained at San Francisco General Hospital late this morning and are expected to survive.
Police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said the officers’ quick actions in administering CPR and transporting the infant to the hospital were crucial in the child’s survival.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call police Sgt. John Keane of the Police Department’s special victims unit at (415) 553-9363.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News