Officers from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Central Precinct were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive newborn on December 1.
Officer William Eng was the first to arrive on scene. He pulled up to the apartment in the 700 block of West 57th Street around 8:30 p.m. and quickly ran up three flights of stairs. At the top of the stairs, he found a mother holding her unresponsive 29-day-old baby, Bella.
Without hesitation, Officer Eng began performing CPR on the infant. After about a minute of compressions, Bella opened her eyes and began breathing.
Bella was taken to the hospital for treatment, where the doctor documented that Officer Eng’s actions saved Bella’s life.
“Officer Eng did not hesitate to jump into action. Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl,” said Sergeant Phillip Collard, Officer Eng’s supervisor.
Chief Joseph Lumpkin described Officer Eng’s actions as an “exceedingly heartfelt, lifesaving performance.”
Today, Bella and Officer Eng were reunited at Police Headquarters, during a recognition of his heroic actions.