When a Police Body Cam Is Accidentally Turned On, It Catches Officer Saving Child’s Life
While police body cams may be controversial, they can be very helpful when trying to determine what really happened when a suspect accuses a police officer of mistreatment. Lesser known is how they can reveal acts of bravery and valiance by our nation’s finest. Recently, one of those cams was accidentally turned on when an off-duty police officer saved the life of a small child.
IJ Review reports,
The three-year-old boy in this video, Damian Valencia, could have died while choking on a jawbreaker candy if it weren’t for off-duty police officer Quinn Averett.
When Damian’s parents realized their son was choking, they panicked and brought him into Green Valley Grocery in Mesquite, Nevada, where the cashier called 911.
Officer Averett was only a block away when the call came in. He rushed to the scene, put Damian upside down on his knee, and used a reverse Heimlich maneuver to free the candy from his throat.
But Averett didn’t realize that he’d accidentally switched on his body camera, which captured all of this incredible footage on video.
Love ’em or hate ’em, fortunately these body cams often serve to uplift and exonerate police officers. Averett will be honored by the Mesquite city police department with a Life Saving award. Watch the incredible video below, which begins with surveillance video showing the boy’s parents rushing him into the store in a panic.
Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.