At about 8:50 p.m. on March 10, 2016 Officers responded to Higgins Road near Route 53 in response to a 911 call of a toddler that was unresponsive and not breathing. Dramatic dash camera footage shows the Officers racing to the scene and immediately running to the child once the vehicle is stopped.
Officer Bryan Poradzisz was the first to arrive on the scene and took the child and immediately began CPR when he saw the child was not breathing and her lips were blue. Officer Kevin O’Connor arrived moments later and assisted as the two Officers attempted to clear the child’s airway to get her breathing again.
In the background of the video provided by the Schaumburg Police Department of the incident you can hear the child’s grandmother mournful cries for the child to begin breathing again. An ambulance arrived shortly after the two officers were able to get the child breathing again and transported her to a local area hospital.
The child Aureliana Colon, was hospitalized for two days and released back to her family. The cause of the choking at the time was a blockage of fluids. Aureliana’s grandmother Sonya Melendez had taken the child shopping for the day and were back on their way home when the child stopped breathing in the vehicle. Melendez stopped the vehicle and saw the child unable to breathe. She immediately called 911 and attempted to get the child breathing again but was unable to.
Melendez stated she knows that the officers were only doing their jobs but to her they are real heroes. She was quoted as saying the Officers were “amazing” and “something out of a movie”
The Department released the following regarding the incident:
Quick thinking on the part of Schaumburg Police Officers Bryan Poradzisz and Kevin O’Connor helped save the life of a 19-month-old girl who was in respiratory distress on March 10. The officers, shown in the dash cam video, arrived on scene and quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver, CPR and cleared the girl’s airway prior to the arrival of Schaumburg paramedics. The girl has appeared to make a full recovery, no doubt due to the actions of these two officers. This incident highlights the dedication, talent, and focused calm under pressure displayed by the fine men and women in law enforcement each and every day. The Schaumburg Police Department commends Officer Poradzisz and Officer O’Connor for their outstanding work.