A police officer's dashcam captured dramatic footage last Thursday night in Sterling Heights, Michigan, as he saved the life of a choking three-week-old girl.
The footage shows Officer Cameron Maciejewski pull up to a home, and family members approaching in the driveway. The people begin speaking in rushed, panicked voices. Next, Maciejewski walks back into the camera's view with the baby in his arms. He checks inside her mouth and then squats close to the ground with the girl in his arms, while a woman cries loudly next to him. The officer, who originally thought the baby was a boy, then strikes the baby's back to dislodge the item stuck in her airway.
After a thumping sound, Officer Maciejewski says, "Yep, there you go. OK. He's crying. He's crying, OK?"
He continues holding the baby while family members gather around to console the crying woman, and some approach to see the baby.
"She's got a pulse and she's breathing, OK?" he says of the newborn.
He is later heard in the video talking with paramedics about the child and continuing to console the woman. Sterling Heights Fire Department took the baby to the hospital to be evaluated.
"If it wasn't for Ofc. Maciejewski's quick, calm, lifesaving actions, the outcome of this incident could have been tragically different," Sterling Heights Police Department wrote on Facebook. "Not only did the officer save the baby, but the officer did an outstanding job consoling the family."