A Hartford police officer was recognized for saving the life of a young child last fall.
Police said Officer Jill Kidik was awarded the Hartford Police Department's Lifesaving Award.
They said she responded to a report of a child not breathing on Dec. 13 shortly after 3 p.m.
She went to the 1-year-old child's home on Mary Shepard Place.
Police said Kidik was approached by a frantic woman who said the child wasn't moving and his eyes had rolled toward the back of his head.
Kidik observed that the boy was fully unconscious.
She realized that he had been eating cereal and his condition was the result of choking.
CPR and other life-saving measures by the family didn't work, the family said.
Police said Kidik immediately employed first aid measures without help from emergency personnel, as they had yet to arrive.
She too tried CPR and failed. She instead switched to the Heimlich maneuver.
After about a minute, the child began to scream, cough and slowly start to breathe on his own.
The child was brought to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford for evaluation and further treatment.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
"Without a doubt, had Officer Kidik not taken the action that she did, the young child would have certainly not survived," police said.
The department called Kidik's actions an example of some of the heroic things so many of its officers do on a regular basis.
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