New parents who are grateful that their baby is still alive credit the Pottsville Police Department’s newest officer as their family’s hero.
The anti-gas drops were choking Joe Chronister’s 3-week-old son, he claimed.
The call for assistance was responded to by 23-year-old Pottsville Police Department rookie Officer Cody Hubbard. Being a parent himself, he prayed the entire way.
“A normal day went to a chaotic day in a matter of seconds,” Hubbard said. “When a family is depending on you like that, you know the pressure hits.”
As the baby struggled to breathe, his parents and grandmother watched helplessly in panic as the baby’s breathing became labored.
The policeman quickly assisted the child as soon as he arrived on the scene.
“We were trying everything, and it seemed like he (Hubbard) knew exactly what to do,” Chronister said, though the officer thought he had help from higher up.
“Pretty much for the Lord to be on my side on this one,” Hubbard said.
In just a few moments, the parents’ paralyzed panic turns to gratitude.
“Got him breathing and got him crying, which is a good thing,” Chronister said. “He saved my baby’s life.”
Hubbard said he got in his car after the ordeal and turned off his camera, trying to process what had happened.
“I started just kind of bawling because, you know, it felt good to see how that turned out,” he recalled. “Mentally, I just broke down. I was crying, but it was happy tears.”
Officer Hubbard will be honored later this month with a life-saving award. Meanwhile, the baby is doing well. This little boy will not remember the stranger in blue, but his parents will never forget.
“Thank you so much for saving Grady’s life,” Chronister said. ” We’re grateful for it.”
Watch bodycam footage of Officer Hubbard saving baby Grady’s life in the video below.