Two officers praised after saving a 4-year-old boy from choking

July 10 2015

A police officer and PCSO have been praised after saving a child from choking in South Gloucestershire.

A police officer and PCSO have been praised after saving a child from choking in South Gloucestershire.

PC Paul Fortune and PCSO Daniel Cowley were on patrol in the Downend area on Wednesday morning (08/07) when they saw a car parked outside a pub.

On closer inspection they could see that there were two distressed women in the car with a young child who was struggling to breathe.

The officers stopped and ran over to the car where the women told them the young boy was choking.

Springing into action, the two officers turned the child upside down and administered a couple of sharp blows to his back.

In doing so, a  two pence piece flew from the little boy's mouth.

The officers checked him over before calling an ambulance, who took him to hospital as a precaution.

The little boy, Ethan Hunt, has now made a full recovery.

Ethan's mum, Joanna Hunt, said: "I don't really know what we would have done if they hadn't turned up. They saved the day. They handled it so calmly and reassuringly and they stayed until the ambulance came. We were really lucky to have that support. Ethan's fine and back to normal - I hope he's learnt his lesson!"

North East Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters said: "I am tremendously proud of the officers, they both saw something was wrong and instinctively responded in the best possible way.

"I suspect many drivers passed the incident assuming the child was feeling sick; the officers made that critical decision to investigate further, take control of the situation and administer first aid that undoubtedly saved Ethan’s life."