A Columbus Police Officer was recognized for saving the life a choking infant. Columbus Police Department (CPD) Spokesman Lt. Matt Harris says that Officer Alyson Rech was recognized during Tuesday morning’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at City Hall.
Harris says that on March 24, Officer Rech, a three year veteran, responded to a report of a three-week-old child who was choking. When
Rech arrived at the residence, the infant was unresponsive and not breathing. Harris says that Rech immediately began Infant CPR and was able to get the child breathing with no additional help. Speaking to Officer Rech, Columbus Chief of Police Jonathan Rohde said, “You remained focused throughout your response, which in turn, brought calm to a chaotic scene.” He continued, “You utilized the training that you received and your actions ultimately saved the infant’s life. Your supervisor referred to your actions as heroic and I’m sure there is a family in Columbus today that agrees.” During the ceremony, Rech received a Letter of Commendation from Chief Rohde for her life-saving efforts.