A Baltimore City police officer is being called a hero after doing everything in his power on Sunday to save the life of the infant daughter of a woman who was protesting the Baltimore police. According to WJZ-TV, protesters had taken to the streets on a cold afternoon to protest an officer-involved shooting. The protester, whose identity has not been revealed, was present with her 1-year-old daughter.
At some point during the protests, the woman entered a local pizzeria with her baby to try to get warm, then went back outside to join the protest. According to the pizzeria owner, Antonio Romeo, she re-entered a second time and declared that her baby was having trouble breathing. Surveillance video released of the incident shows customers calling 911 to get medical assistance.
Major Richard Gibson, the commander of the Baltimore Police Northern District, happened to be on patrol keeping an eye on the protesters when he got the call. Surveillance video shows the obviously distraught officer rushing into the restaurant and administering CPR for several minutes until the paramedics arrived. Tragically, the young girl never was able to resume breathing and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
However, Gibson's attempts were not lost on the onlookers, many of whom participated in the protest, according to WJZ:
“It was unbelieveble. Very good man, to do what he’s done. You know don’t care about the people [outside], just take care of the baby,” said Romeo.
“I’ve got a lot of respect. He’s done a very good job. I’m sorry the baby lost her life,” said Romeo.
Police sources tell WJZ Maj. Gibson is very involved in the community. After the incident happened, he and the officers reportedly ordered pizza for the crowd that was protesting against police.
It is not clear at this time what caused the baby's death or whether she had any pre-existing medical conditions.