A Stateline deputy is recognized for saving a four month old’s life.
Back in May, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Stark gave CPR to the infant until he and the baby reached the hospital.
Two weeks ago, Deputy Stark was awarded the county’s Life Saving Award.
Dash cam video shows the moment Belvidere Police first run towards the mother’s car where baby Ryan isn’t breathing.
A few seconds later, Deputy Stark arrives on the scene to assist. He was already wearing rubber gloves and jumps into action.
“Couldn’t feel a pulse right away, like alright, its like my brain just kicked in and started doing chest compression’s,” said Stark.
Ryan’s mom Melissa Sanchez says she was driving when her oldest daughter Victoria noticed something was wrong. She immediately pulled over and ran to check on her baby.
“I was actually pretty proud of myself because I handled it a lot better than I was handling it in my head,” said Sanchez.
Deputy Stark continued to work on Ryan until she began gasping for air. He rode with her in the ambulance to the hospital.
“As soon as I hand her off and they put her on the bed there, she was crying,” said Stark. “Greatest sound I think I have ever heard.”
Friday, Deputy Stark reunited with Ryan and her family.
Sanchez says he’s her family’s hero.
“How awesome of a person, you know?,” said Sanchez. “We will be forever grateful because without him that day, things could’ve been a lot, a lot worse.”
Stark says he’s glad he always took his CPR training seriously. Sanchez adds everyone should learn or become certified.
“If I had never had CPR training, I don’t think, I probably would’ve been what you see in movies,” said Sanchez. “Somebody just screaming as my child as losing oxygen, not knowing what to do.”
Baby Ryan has since made a full recovery and thriving despite the scary moment two months ago.
“It happened really fast and everybody was just on it,” said Sanchez. “I’ll be forever grateful because, I mean, I have my baby today.”
“I had another deputy that trained me a long time ago that said you treat everybody like the sheriff is their grandpa or they’re like your own children and I take that to heart every day,” said Stark.
Ryan’s doctors say the baby’s episode was due to complications from being born premature.