Fort Pierce police officer saves life of newborn

Fort Pierce police officer saves life of newborn (WPEC)

A Fort Pierce police officer is being hailed as a hero.

He’s credited with saving the life of a six-day old baby girl, who had stopped breathing.

The baby’s grandmother calls the officer a miracle worker and the baby’s family says they have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend.

“I’m glad God put me in the right spot at the right time,” said Field Training Officer Jorge Goz.

Goz, who is married and the father of a 5-year-old girl, has been with the Fort Pierce Police Department since 2012.

He’ll never forget the night of Nov. 15.

He was on patrol when his cruiser’s computer screen showed a 911 call. The parents of a baby made that call, along with the grandmother, and said they were driving their infant to the hospital because she was choking and turning blue.

“As soon as I saw that, I knew I had to act,” Goz said.

Goz realized they wouldn’t get to the hospital in time to save the baby’s life. They had too far to drive, and there were a number of stop lights along the way where they would possibly have to stop.

“I wanted to go and help," he said. "Time is of an essence when there’s a baby not breathing or not conscious."

Fortunately, Goz happened to be nearby.

So he told the dispatcher to tell the couple to pull over at the intersection of Okeechobee Road and South Jenkins Road, where he met them and grabbed the baby, who at that point was unconscious and not moving.

“I gave her 3 to 4 thrusts to the back, made sure I kept her airway open and once I heard her breathe and cry that’s when I knew that the baby was breathing again,” Goz said.

“She was breathing and thank God you know, Officer Goz saved her life, you know. We were so thankful,” said Argelia Quiroga, the baby’s grandmother.

Goz says some mucus and milk had become lodged in the baby’s throat and that’s why she stopped breathing. Paramedics came to the intersection and took baby Alybree DeJesus Cerda to the hospital, and she was kept for observation overnight and released the next day.

The little girl, now about two weeks old, is doing fine.

“I’m ecstatic, happy. I’m honored that I was able to assist that family,” Goz said.

For his actions in this case, Goz has been nominated to receive the Fort Pierce Police Department’s Lifesaving Award.

Not only did Officer Goz save the baby’s life, but the next day he went to the couple’s home and gave them CPR and first aid training so they could assist their baby if they had another emergency situation.

As a policeman, he says this is the second time he’s saved the life of a baby that was choking.

About four years ago, Goz responded to a call where a baby girl had swallowed a bobby pin. He says in that case, he also struck the baby on the back and dislodged the bobby pin and he got the child breathing again.

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