Bodycam Footage Shows Rookie Cop Saving Choking Infant’s Life

First-time dad Joe Chronister was giving his newborn son, Grady, anti-gas drops when the 3-week-old baby began choking.

Emergency services were contacted once baby Grady started to turn purple. 

Pottsville, Arkansas police officer Cody Hubbard, 23, responded to the call and arrived at the Chronister home just in the nick of time.

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“A normal day went to a chaotic day in a matter of seconds,” Hubbard told local news affiliate KLRT. “When a family is depending on you like that, you know the pressure hits.”

A parent himself, the police officer felt the intensity of the situation enormously.

Footage from Hubbard’s body camera captured the emotional scene, as the Chronister family looked on as Hubbard worked hastily to save the infant’s life, clapping the baby on the back to dislodge the medicine.

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After a few firm hits, the officer could hear air fill the baby’s lungs, and everyone’s panic turned into relief. 

“Got him breathing and got him crying, which is a good thing,” Chronister said. “He saved my baby’s life.”

After the ordeal, Hubbard shared that he turned off his camera and “broke down” in his car. 

“I started just kind of bawling because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” he recalled to KLRT.


Written by Abigale Racine