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Granby Police Sergeant hailed as Hero for saving choking infant

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A Southwest Missouri Law Enforcement officer is being called a hero -- after saving the life of a baby girl.

When Sergeant Ron Greer decided to cover a shift for another officer, he assumed it would be another day at the office, then the 911 call came in.  On the other end was a mother,who's 9-month old baby was choking.

"The training comes back to you immediately. Or at least it did for me. But mainly when I walked in the room, my focus was clearing the obstruction from her airway." Greer says.

9-month-old Abbi Hines was choking on a bottle cap. Her family members, stricken with panic as abbi fell unconscious, called 9-1-1. Greer was dispatched here to Fortune Teller Road just after 5 PM on November 16th, and thanks to his emergency response skills, Abbi is still alive.

"At that point I stepped in and reached in her mouth and found where the best vantage point would be to try to remove round objects from the child's mouth and hooking it where it would normally go under a bottle." he recalls.

"A hero...he is really our hero." says Abbi's mother, Natasha Hines.

"The fact that I was able to save a child and bring it back to it's family...was...the situation was remarkable, and it is a very amazing feeling." Greer says.

"Saturday was his turn. And rose up to the challenge. And he faced it head on and prevailed." says Granby Police Chief, Jacob Kelley.

The prior training Greer had in first response certainly showed, and he has a whole family behind him to prove it.

"I have him on Facebook now. So, maybe he can see her now and then, and when she gets older." Hines says.

Baby Abbi was released from the hospital after 2 days, and she's back home with her family. 

The Granby Police Department is planning a special ceremony to honor Greer, where he will receive a medal of honor -- that's set to take place on December 12th.

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