Officer DeLeon from the 78th Precinct was branded a hero after body camera footage revealed that he saved an unconscious 2-year-old boy in Brooklyn last month. The incident occurred at around 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 27 after the NYPD cop left his precinct to attend a youth event at the 67th Precinct.
According to reports, a call came in from the boy’s guardians that the child was unconscious outside the Atlantic Terminal. It was also reported that the 2-year-old was not breathing, so Officer DeLeon sprung into action.
Having detoured from his route to the youth event, DeLeon rushed to Atlantic and Flatbush avenues to offer his assistance. Bodycam footage, which the NYPD News Twitter account posted Monday, showed how the NYPD cop saved the unresponsive boy.
In the incredible video, DeLeon was surrounded by worried bystanders, shouting for the police officer to help the child. Kneeling on the ground, Officer DeLeon grabbed the limp 2-year-old out of a parked car and placed him in his lap before attempting CPR. The woman who had given the child to the officer stepped outside the car and was seen jumping up and down, visibly nervous.
During the incident, another boy was standing nearby, leaning over the 2-year-old and asking DeLeon if the child would be okay. By the car, a woman seemed to be on the phone, shouting to DeLeon, “he’s breathing right?”
After a few moments, a bystander offered the officer some water, sticking a bottle toward his face. DeLeon shouted multiple times that he did not want the water until the bystander finally pulled away. A few seconds later, the 2-year-old boy started crying and taking quick breaths in DeLeon’s arms.
“He crying,” A relieved Officer DeLeon said, holding the boy. “He’s crying, so he’s breathing. He’s crying.”
The body camera footage stopped just before the officer handed the crying child to his guardians. It wasn’t clear what happened to the child to cause him to fall unconscious. However, it seemed evident by the NYPD News Twitter post that the boy was doing fine. It was also reported by the New York Post that the child was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition.
“No day on patrol is ever routine,” the NYPD News Twitter account captioned the video. “Officer DeLeon from the [78th Precinct] recently responded to a call for an unconscious 2-year-old boy in Brooklyn. Relying on his training, he quickly administered CPR, saving the child’s life.”
While it was unclear as of Monday afternoon what happened to the child to make him lose consciousness, it was reported that temperatures on Aug. 27 reached 92 degrees. In those conditions, the inside of a vehicle can reach 111 degrees in 10 minutes and can eventually top 126 degrees.
It was suggested that the child could have suffered from heat exhaustion. The child was inside the vehicle when Officer DeLeon responded to the call, though the car door was open.
The incident sparked a sea of support from Twitter users, many of whom were quick to call the NYPD cop a hero. In one instance, a Twitter user used the video to prove a political point. “But go ahead, Defund the Police morons,” the person wrote.
Others were just happy that the incident had a happy ending. “WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH NYPD78PCT,” one person wrote in all caps. Another kept it simple: “Outstanding. God Bless those men and women.”