Two cops from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights are being called heroes after they saved the life of a young boy last week.
Police Officers Ricardo Richards and David Rodriguez were on routine patrol in Corona last Wednesday when they were flagged down by a family in distress on Northern Boulevard near 104th Street, according to the NYPD.
The parents said their son Alexander Ramirez had stopped breathing around 2:00 p.m. The officers took the 2-year-old boy into their squad car along with his mother and grandmother and Officer Rodriguez began to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation as Richards sped toward Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Alexander was still unconscious when they arrived at the hospital but the emergency room staff resuscitated the child minutes later.
“It was the best feeling to know that he was okay,” Rodriguez told reporters back at the precinct. “I’m very thankful I was there for that. To be able to rescue a life means more to me than anything.”
It was the first time either officer helped save a life and the two were working together for the first time after both of their partners called in sick, according to the NYPD.