Mother Uses Lessons Learned in Police CPR Class To Save Toddler's Life


An area Mom was able to save the life of her 14-month-old daughter, all thanks to the new life saving skills she learned during a CPR class hosted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Back In January, of this year the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office hosted a CPR class for the family members of sheriff's employees. One of those who attended the class was, Sarah Herrera,. Her father is a corporal, for the Department.

Sarah, her family and friends are all so thankful she attended the class. While feeding her young daughter, the 14-month old began choking on a piece of chicken. Herrera said she instantly remembered the CPR technique taught in CPR class. She placed her daughter stomach down and began hitting her back to dislodge the food.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, had this to say after hearing about Sarah and her daughter.

"We all hope to never be in a position where we must use CPR on a loved one or even a stranger, but I believe that having those life-saving skills, just in case, is essential. That is why I chose to offer CPR classes not only to employees of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office but their families as well," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

"This is a situation where knowing CPR and having the confidence to perform it saved the life of Ms. Herrera's little girl. We could not have asked for a better outcome."

Watch the below video about learning CPR from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.