Central Falls officers save choking toddler

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — Two Central Falls police officers are being hailed as heroes after saving a toddler from choking.

Officers Nicholas DiCarlo and Sergio Rivera were on a “routine call” on Dexter Street when, according to police, a Spanish-speaking man approached them and told Officer Rivera his young grandson was choking.

Police said Rivera ran to the address and when he found the child – who police said was about 15 months old – wasn’t breathing he began medical aid.

“Shortly thereafter, Officer DiCarlo arrived to assist as Officer Rivera held the infant and Officer DiCarlo gave back strikes to the infant. In doing so, the food was unlogged the infant’s airway,” police said in a release.

The child then began breathing and was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital as a precaution, police said.

“But for the swift actions of these officers, and their calmness under pressure, the infant may have suffocated,” said Colonel James J. Mendonca. “I’m proud of the work my officers perform each and every day, and this is just one illustration of the extraordinary work that is performed.”

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