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Off duty cop spots hysterical woman with baby in her arms stopping his car when he sees baby’s face
The off duty officer knew something wasn't right when his wife pointed out the hysterical woman on the side of the road with a baby, prompting him to jump out of the car.
Rebecca Reid
09.30.21

An officer from San Pablo was in the right place at the right time.

Officer Gilbert Troche of Livermore, was on his way back from seeing a movie with his family when his wife spotted a distraught woman holding her baby on the side of the road. Officer Trouche was off duty at the time but didn’t hesitate to pull over and assist the woman.

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“She appeared to be crying hysterically…she was holding her baby against her shoulder so I stopped the car and I jumped out and I went over to her.” – Officer Trouche

The mother immediately handed her baby to Trouche and he noticed that the baby’s face was turning blue. After telling the mother to do a finger sweep of the baby’s mouth, he proceeds with back thrusts to clear the airway.

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The officer needed to call for help but didn’t want to alarm the mother.

The situation was getting extremely stressful for the mother and the officer and he didn’t want to make it any worse. Trouche turned to his family and mouthed the words ‘call 911.’

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The entire ordeal was captured on video by the officer’s 12-year-old daughter.

The officer’s family quickly realizes the baby is not breathing. “Oh my God! He’s choking!” they are heard saying in the video.

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While waiting for 911 emergency to arrive, Trouche didn’t stop his efforts to help the baby.

In the video, you see him holding the baby under the stomach with the baby’s face pointed toward the ground. The officer may have been worried but he remains calm and in control. Thankfully after 2-3 minutes, the baby started coughing, threw up, and started to cry. This was the sound that the officer was hoping to hear.

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“That’s when I knew the airway was clear at that point.” – Officer Trouche

The officer told Fox KTVU that the mother embraced her baby once she heard the cries. “I just feel like I was at the right place at the right time.” – Officer Trouche

Officer Trouche’s heroic actions saved the baby’s life and he was commended by his Police Captain, Brian Bubar. Bubar made a point to praise Trouche’s bravery and quick thinking saying that he was “compelled into action and we’re really grateful that he was there.” – Fox KTVU

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Officer Trouche doesn’t think of himself as a hero despite saving the baby’s life.

“I definitely don’t feel like a hero I think anybody in that situation that seen her there as distraught as she was would probably try to do the same thing.” – Trouche said to Fox KTVU

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A member of the police department since 2013, Officer Trouce was named “Officer of the Year” in 2018 and it’s not hard to see why.

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He told Fox KTVU, however, that helping the baby meant a great deal more to him than the accolade. “This is awesome this is better.” – Fox KTVU

Now watch the incredible video of the hero officer saving the baby from choking.

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