‘He Was Our Angel’: Fullerton Officer Saves Toddler Choking at Restaurant

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A veteran Fullerton policeman was being hailed as a hero for saving a toddler who was choking at a local restaurant.

The little boy's family thanked Fullerton Police Department Sgt. Craig Odom when the law enforcement officer reunited with 16-month old Jonathan on Friday.

Odom was waiting for his lunch order at a Fullerton Mexican restaurant recently when he observed the toddler choking and starting to turn purple. The sergeant immediately sprang into action, according to the boy's grandmother.

“And he picked up the baby, and just like, hit him in the back and started doing the Heimlich maneuver, and the baby threw up three times," Eva Najar told KTLA. "He was quick."

Jonathan was doing just fine after the frightening ordeal, his grandmother added. She credited the officer's fast actions for saving her son's life.

"He was our angel. He really was our angel," Najar said.

Odom, a 25-year veteran of the department, is a traffic officer who has also been credit with saving two other people's lives during his career.

In 2012, Odom pulled a woman out of a burning car after a traffic collision. Two years after that, he saved an unresponsive woman by performing CPR on her when he went to a home to conduct a welfare check.