Daily Dose of Great Police Work: BPD K-9 Officer Saves Three-Week-Old Infant in Distress in Traffic on Massachusetts Avenue


At about 3:30 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018, Officer Frank Femino assigned to the Boston Police K-9 Unit was flagged down while travelling in traffic on Massachusetts Avenue near Albany Street by a woman in distress who stated that her three-week-old infant was not breathing. The officer immediately exited his cruiser, approached the woman’s vehicle and observed the unconscious child in the back seat. The child was not breathing and his lips were blue. The officer quickly cleared the infant’s airway which had become clogged by mucus at which time the baby regained consciousness, began to breathe steadily and started to cry. The officer then brought the infant directly to a nearby hospital where he was thoroughly evaluated and treated by the medical staff.

The officer later followed up with the relieved mother who thanked the officer and informed him that her son was doing well and was expected to be sent home after further observation.

Said Officer Femino after the incident, “Hearing the voice of a frantic mother was the only motivation I needed to react. I’m just glad I was at the right place at the right time to help this infant in distress. I was also extremely fortunate to have an experienced dispatcher like Melinda Santos, who informed Boston Medical Center that I was en route on foot with the baby for further medical evaluation. It was definitely a team effort. Most importantly, I’m glad the baby and mom are doing okay.”