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Officer hailed as hero after saving choking baby

Updated: August 4, 2011 7:03PM

An on-duty Chicago police officer revived a child who was not breathing Wednesday night in the Logan Square neighborhood.

“I feel great that I kept the baby alive,’’ the officer, Christopher Elliott, told WLS- Channel 7.

Elliott, who is in his 30s, was sitting in a squad car about 10:30 p.m. doing paperwork in the parking lot of a gas station at 2400 W. Diversey Ave. when a man speaking Spanish started banging on the on his squad and screaming, according to Elliot’s supervisor, Shakespeare District police Capt. Marc Buslik.

Elliott ran over and saw baby not breathing and the mother and father were in a panic.

He immediately began CPR by doing chest compression and turned the 15-month-old boy over on his back, said Buslik.

Some food came up clearing the child’s airway, and the child began breathing on his own, said Buslik.

An ambulance responded to the scene and the baby was taken to Children’s Memorial Hospital.

“He saved the baby’s life’’’ said Buslik who said Elliott told him: “I just took the baby and I did what I was supposed to do.’’

“This is the what the police do every day that doesn’t get noticed,’’ said Buslik. “This is the normal course of business.’’

Elliott, a Polish immigrant, is a 4-year veteran of the police department and is attending school to get a teaching certificate so he can teach math for a part-time job, according to Buslik.

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