With video: Sterling Heights cop saves choking infant

The Detroit News

Correction: This story has been updated to remove a reference to the Heimlich maneuver. The officer used back thrusts to clear an obstruction; the Heimlich involves abdominal thrusts and is not recommended to be used on infants.

A Sterling Heights police officer saved a 3-week old infant's life last week, clearing the choking baby's airway, the department said.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 36000 block of Waltham Drive about 10:45 p.m. Thursday on a report of an infant not breathing. Officer Cameron Maciejewski arrived first, took the baby in his arms and performed back thrusts to clear the baby's airway.

The infant coughed up an obstruction and began crying. Firefighters took the child to a hospital for evaluation.

"If it wasn't for Ofc. Maciejewski's quick, calm, lifesaving actions, the outcome of this incident could have been tragically different," the police department said in a statement. "Not only did the officer save the baby, but the officer did an outstanding job consoling the family."