Officer Alex Frazier holding the baby he saved by performing CPR. (Image source: KCBS video screenshot)
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A Los Angeles police officer who's being hailed a hero for saving an infant's life over the weekend has given all the glory for his actions to God.
“I have my own personal beliefs. I was just a tool and God saved that baby," Officer Alex Frazier said during an interview with KCBS-TV. "I deeply believe that."
Frazier and his partner Officer Ivan Ibarra responded to a call at around 11 p.m. Saturday in the Westlake District of Los Angeles, where they found the apparently lifeless baby boy in his mother's arms.
“She was saying ‘my mijo, my mijo.’ She seemed like she was grieving,” Frazier said. Mijo means "my son" in Spanish.
During a domestic dispute, the baby's father allegedly threw the infant to the ground as if he were a football being spiked, according to authorities.
Ibarra spoke to the mother in Spanish and eventually convinced her to trust Frazier and allow him to perform CPR on the infant's tiny body.
“After a little bit of time the baby’s lip twitched. So I relayed the message to everybody that ‘hey he’s in there,’ Frazier said. "After a little bit more time I saw a little more facial expression."
First responders arrived and transported the baby to Children's Hospital.
Frazier and Ibera followed the ambulance to the hospital where physicians said the child would be OK.
What about the father?
A neighbor told police she heard the parents fighting Saturday night.
“I got woken up by screaming. I heard the loud bang at one point,” said the neighbor.
Additional officers responded to the call and arrested the infant's father.
Frazier, who wears a Christian cross on his uniform near his badge, said it was his first time to perform CPR.
Both officers have children of their own.
"I went home immediately and kissed my kids," Frazier said.
“I think my son was annoyed because I didn’t want to put him down,” Ibarra said. “I just kept holding him more when I got home.”
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