Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing
A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning.
Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was on patrol in the area of East 196th Street and Grand Concourse when a call came in that Adelyn Pena-Fernandez had stopped breathing.
Castillo said he ran upstairs and found the baby blue, not breathing and unconscious.
“They were scared. They were really nervous,” Castillo said of the parents, Sheila Pena and Victor Colon.
The officer was able to revive the baby after four chest compressions, according to the NYPD.
EMS transported the baby to Montefiore Medical Center, were she is in stable condition.
Castillo, an Army ranger and sniper, has served two tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The two-time Purple Heart recipient said “nothing” he’s done in life or in his military career compares to saving Pena-Fernandez.
“I felt like it was my kid,” Castillo, a father of five, said. “I just told myself, ‘Don’t be nervous. Don’t be scared. Just take care of this little girl.’”