Granby officer to be honored for saving infant from choking
NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE GRANBY, MISSOURI POLICE DEPARTMENT
On November 16th, 2013, at about 5:13 pm, Sergeant Ron Greer was dispatched to Fortune Teller Road for a 9 month old infant choking. Within a minute of being dispatched, Sgt. Greer was given an update that the child had gone unconscious. He arrived at the residence by 5:16pm. The baby had managed to get hold of a plastic soda bottle cap and the cap had become lodged in the back of her throat.
Greer stated "I felt in and could feel the rounded side of the cap. They teach us to sweep the mouth across to clear obstructions, but feeling the side of the cap and the way it was, I could tell there was no way I could get in behind it. So I felt along the top edge, feeling the flat part of the cap." Sgt. Greer said he knew his only chance of removing the cap was to get underneath the bottom side, where it was hollow. "I turned my hand over, pushed her tongue down and was just barely able to get the tip of my finger under the cap."
Sgt. Greer said the cap was wedged in pretty tight, and took and good pull to break it free. The baby took a deep gasp for air but the problems weren't over. Her eyes rolled up and she began struggling desperately to breathe. That's when he turned the child over and laid her down the length of his left arm. He began patting her on the back, helping her breathe and to clear out any remaining blood or mucus from her throat. The ambulance arrived at 5:19pm and Sgt. Greer rushed the child outside, into the arms of the paramedics where she was transported to the hospital.
When asked about the incident, Sgt. Greer has maintained he didn't do anything, that it was all God's work. "From the moment I got the call, I just kept praying please God let me get there in time. Throughout the whole ordeal I just kept asking God to save this child. He enabled me to do what needed to be done." The next morning, Sgt. Greer was met by a person familiar with the incident. That's when something happened that had never happened to him before in his entire career as a police officer. He said, "As I met her, she yelled, 'There's the life saver!' I've been called a lot of different things in my career (most of which cannot be printed here), but never a life-saver."
The morning after the incident, Sgt. Greer and Police Chief Jacob Kelley returned to the residence to check on the baby. Chief Kelley said, "When we walked in, the great-grandmother just smiled and said it was such a blessing to have us there. In almost no time at all, she was giving Sgt. Greer a big hug, crying and told him thanks for saving her baby girl. It was very emotional." The grandmother stated the baby was doing very well and was expected to be released from the hospital later that day.
There will be a small award ceremony in the coming weeks to present Sgt. Ron Greer with the Life-Saving Medal of recognition for his direct actions resulting in saving a life. The event will be announced at a later date.