Police Officer Saves Toddler’s Life on His First Day on The Job

An Indiana police officer’s first act on the job was saving a choking toddler, WLS reports.

Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer was eating with his coworkers at Chik-Fil-A when he noticed a toddler turning blue several tables away.

The mother picked up the toddler and ran toward the police officer for help. Melanie Hasse’s daughter Charlotte was choking.

“I looked over and she started gagging. I could see something kind of in the back of her throat, mistakenly reached in to try to grab it out, I think that pushed it back into her throat,” Hasse told WLS.

“She came running over…I grabbed her and Officer Ramos to my right flipped her over, we did back slaps on her and got food dislodged from her throat right away,” said Mayer.

Dislodging the piece of apple from Charlotte’s throat was Mayer’s first act as a paid police officer.

“That caught us all off guard,” he said.

“This is what he was meant to do,” Hasse said. “To save lives in some kind of way.”