Atlanta officer who revived lifeless 4-month-old receives award from American Heart Association

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With February being American Heart Month, the American Heart Association honored an Atlanta police officer who saved the life of a baby when the then-4-month-old had stopped breathing.

Channel 2 Action News told you about Special Police Officer Oden back in October.

The incident happened in May when Officer Robert Oden was patrolling the area along the Martin Luther King Jr. corridor when the child’s mother flagged him down.

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The frantic mother holding her lifeless 4-month-old had run to Oden for help — her little boy wasn’t breathing. Oden jumped into action.

“It’s just one of those days, you never know what could happen when you’re out there patrolling,” Oden said.

Oden gave the baby CPR and the child started breathing again. Medics arrived shortly after and the boy was rushed to the hospital.

“I reach out and call them at least once a week, and when I try to meet up with them I can, he’s doing great,” Oden said.


On Wednesday the American Heart Association gave Oden their Heartsaver Hero award.

“It’s definitely an honor, to receive an award from my department and this award from the American Heart Association,” he told Channel 2 Action News.

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