Officers help save infant's life
Eric Hockett awoke to a nightmare.
On June, 12, Hockett woke up to find his 4-month-old son, Hunter, lying lifeless in his crib. With a little CPR training under his belt, Hockett immediately put what he knew to work in an effort to save his son's life.
"My fatherly instincts just kicked in," Hockett said. "I knew I needed to start CPR."
Within minutes, Thomasville police officers Brent McDowell and Joshua Wolfe arrived at 1145 Kendall Mill Road to find a frantic father desperate to revive his son, who had no pulse and was not breathing.
McDowell and Wolfe started doing CPR on the infant in Hockett's driveway. The duo performed life-saving exercise for six more minutes until Hunter finally started breathing again.
"I couldn't believe how fast they got there," said Hockett. "They are true heroes who did a really good job. I was so ecstatic. It was one of the happiest days of my life."
Hockett said his son had a virus and doctors think a reaction to his medication may have caused him to choke on his own mucus. Hunter was born with a clogged artery and given a 1 percent chance to live so doctors urged Eric Hockett to learn CPR in the event something happened at home.
"I had to learn [CPR]," Hockett said. "If I wouldn't have had it I would've been standing there wondering what to do. Everyone should learn CPR."
Hockett said his son is doing is just fine and is showing no ill-effects from his near-death experience.
Thomasville Police Department is honoring its two officers at a ceremony on July 16 at 3 p.m. in the city council chambers, 7 W. Guilford St.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.