FONTANA (CBS) — A six-month-old boy is alive tonight and a veteran Fontana police officer is credited with saving the child’s life.
Andrew Provencio, born 11 weeks early, has been having health problems since he entered the world last July. He’s only been home four days of his short six month life. And many of those days have been filled with fear for his mother.
One of the worst of those days had to be this past Tuesday. His mother, Yvette Provencio, thought she lost him for good. A quick-thinking police officer, namely Doug Locey, came to their rescue.
CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Greg Mills was at Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda today for the emotional reunion between officer Locey and Andrew’s mom.
Reports Mills, “Every day has been a struggle in Andrew Provencio’s life.”
But today, his mother and officer Locey concentrated on a happier thought — the moment he got Andrew to start breathing after the boy lost consciousness.
“He was turning purple,” says his mother. Andrew’s sister, Isabel, had died four days after they were born last July.She is determined to help Andrew beat his health issues.
Officer Locey responded to Provencio’s 911 call and was at her home within minutes.
Locey found the baby was not only not breathing, he had no pulse.
A tearful and grateful Yvette Provencio hugged Officer Locey calling him a hero and thanking him “for saving my son’s life.”
Officer Locey used an apparatus — called an Ambu-bag — to pump oxygen back into the baby’s lungs.
The 15-year veteran of the force doesn’t fancy himself a hero. “Everyone wants to talk to you and call you a hero,” he says, modestly. “I’m kinda humble about it. That’s what the citizens pay me to do.”