Sgt Terry Spencer

A Mid-Michigan police officer was honored for saving a 3-month-old baby.

Sgt. Terry Spencer received a Life-Saving Award from Pinconning City Manager Dawn Hoder at a city council meeting.

On March 25 at 10:36 a.m., Spencer was sent to a baby who was not breathing.

"When I received that call, one of the first things that I did, it's common that officers do, is we ask where medical is. Unfortunately for us, they were not in the county at the time," Spencer said. 

When he arrived, he found a caregiver who was screaming for help while performing CPR on a 3-month-old baby.

"When I got there the baby was on the floor, laying on its back. It wasn't breathing. I couldn't detect a heart-beat, I could tell. He was pale and blue," Spencer said. 

Spencer immediately started performing chest compressions and rescue breathing on the baby, but the child was still unresponsive.

He continued to perform CPR and after five minutes, the baby started breathing again and had a heartbeat.

"You have them thoughts that go through your mind, but you know that's when your training kicks in. You just do what you're taught to do and fortunately everything worked out," Spencer said. 

Pinconning Fraser Fire Department helped administer first aid when crews arrived on the scene.

The 3-month-old was taken to a local hospital where the child spent several days and is currently doing well.

Spencer is certified in CPR through the American Red Cross and is recertified through the Pinconning Fraser Fire Department and Northern Bay ambulance. 

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