A special event was held Friday morning in Cedar Park as two citizens were asked to come to police headquarters. They weren't there to pay a ticket; they were there to get recognized for their quick thinking that led to saving a newborn.
The two citizens, unknown to each other, were outside a Bank of America in Cedar Park when they heard a woman screaming for help beside her car. Her infant had quit breathing. That's when the two Good Samaritans jumped in and performed CPR, reviving the 3-week-old child who had passed out, no longer breathing.
"I just jumped out of my truck," said Daniel Romo, who got one of the awards, "and she brought me this 3-week-old baby boy. It was blue, totally blue and he wasn't breathing."
"I've been in cardiology for 20 years," said Kimberley Williams, the second award winner. "It was just instinct -- I just threw (my car) in park. I ran over there. He at the time was doing CPR, and I joined in with him and started doing the breathing."
That quick thinking came to the attention of the police chief, as officers took note of their heroic actions. They asked the chief to present them with a special courage medal and citizen commendation.
"They were heroic," said Cedar Park Police Chief Henry Fluck, "They had the courage and the willingness to get involved and help, and they did help, and their actions saved a baby's life."
The thankful mother, Cheryl Kaufman, is still getting over the scariest day of her life. She said her little Ryan fended off death. He had contracted a salmonella bacteria infection, but she didn't know it at the time. More than a month after the incident, Ryan is eating well and is healthy again.
"If they hadn't taken that extra moment to stop, that morning could have been the worst morning of my life," Kaufman said.
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