A Georgia police officer is being hailed a hero after his quick thinking saved a newborn baby's life before her mother's eyes.
The brush with tragedy began Dec. 1 when officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive newborn.
Officer William Eng was the first to arrive on scene when he pulled up to an apartment around 8:30 p.m. and quickly ran up three flights of stairs, police said in a statement.
At the top of the stairs, he found a mother holding her unresponsive 29-day-old baby, Bella.
"Without hesitation, Officer Eng began performing CPR on the infant. After about a minute of compressions, Bella opened her eyes and began breathing," the statement read.
Eng later told the Savannah Morning News: "I stopped and I turned her to my face and saw her eyes open and she started moving... I was so relieved."
Bella was taken to the hospital for treatment, where the doctor confirmed that Officer Eng’s actions saved Bella’s life.
“Officer Eng did not hesitate to jump into action. Because of his compassionate and quick response, he saved the life of this little girl,” said Sergeant Phillip Collard, Officer Eng’s supervisor.
Chief Joseph Lumpkin described Officer Eng’s actions as an “exceedingly heartfelt, lifesaving performance.”
On Monday, Bella and Officer Eng were reunited as Eng was recognized for his heroic actions.
"I just thank God for him," Bella's mom, Tina Adkins, told reporters. "Without him, she may not have been here today, so I thank God for him."