Southern California police officer saves choking 9-month-old, bodycam footage shows

PHOTO: An image made from video shows Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell saving a 9-month-old girl from choking on March 22, 2019. PlayKABC
WATCH California police officer saves choking baby

A Southern California police officer is being hailed a hero after he saved a 9-month-old baby who was choking inside her mother's car last month.

On the afternoon of March 22, Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell responded to a call of a baby choking nearby, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported.

Body camera footage shows Janet Lockridge's 10-year-old daughter, Auria, leading Cappell to her mother's car, where her sister, Harleigh, was suffering from the life-threatening emergency.

"She was struggling for air, she was struggling to breath," Lockridge said.

PHOTO: Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell said hearing the baby cry was the best sound he ever heard. KABC
Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell said hearing the baby cry was the "best sound" he "ever heard."

As Cappell approached the car, the worried mother could be heard crying as she tried to figured out how to help her baby.

"I was afraid," she said. "I didn't know what the outcome was going to be, and I was just praying the whole entire time."

PHOTO: An image made from video shows Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell saving a 9-month-old girl from choking on March 22, 2019 while the girls mother, Janet Lockridge, watches. KABC
An image made from video shows Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell saving a 9-month-old girl from choking on March 22, 2019 while the girl's mother, Janet Lockridge, watches.

Cappell then "reverted back to his training" and grabbed the little girl, placing her face-down in his hands so he could give her some firm slaps on her back. To his relief, the method worked.

"Once I heard the baby crying, it was the best sound I ever heard in my life," he said.

PHOTO: Janet Lockridge is extremely grateful for the officer who saved her daughter, she told KABC. KABC
Janet Lockridge is "extremely grateful" for the officer who saved her daughter, she told KABC.

The next day, Cappell posed with Harleigh, who had since recovered from the accident.

Cappell received special honors Monday to commemorate his life-saving actions, KABC reported.

Lockridge told the station that she is "extremely, extremely grateful" that Cappell was nearby to help save her daughter's life.

"I am, like, indebted to him forever," she said. "It was amazing. It was truly amazing."