When Eric Garner was killed due to health complications exacerbated by a “chokehold” takedown move used on him by the NYPD, his last words were “I can’t breathe.”
Since that time, the “I can’t breathe” phrase has become something of a rallying cry among the anti-police protestors that have been marching and demonstrating around the country.
But the relationship between police officers and “I can’t breathe” has taken on an entirely different meaning now, at least for a small boy and his family in Mesquite, Nevada. (H/T Opposing Views)
Both store surveillance cameras and an officer’s body cam captured the desperate moments as the officer helped save a little boy who was choking on a piece of candy.
Officer Quinn Averett, a K-9 Officer with the Mesquite Police Department was on his way home when the 911 call came in to dispatch about the little boy choking. Since Officer Averett was only about a block away from the store where the choking was occurring, he went ahead and responded, even though he was already off-duty.
“I was only a block away after my shift so I hurried over,” Averett told The Spectrum. “I didn’t know what was going on, but I was close.”
When Averett arrived at the store, he found the boy’s mother in a panic while the boy’s father was holding him close. Averett, who has had first aid training, quickly began working to remove the piece of candy from the boy’s airway.
“I was scared for a minute there, I couldn’t get it out, and he wouldn’t start breathing,” Averett said.
After about a minute of struggle, the candy was finally freed from the boy’s throat, and he was able to breathe on his own again.
This is a great story, and goes to show that not every cop is a racist that is simply looking for a minority to choke out or shoot. Police officers do good things for people everyday, we just rarely hear about them. Hopefully, more stories like these will be reported more often in the future.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune