BRONX, NY (PIX11) -- A newborn baby who stopped breathing in her Bronx apartment was saved by an NYPD officer Tuesday.
Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was outside the Fordham Manor apartment building when he was notified about 2-month-old Adelyn Pena-Fernandez.
When Castillo arrived at the apartment, the baby was blue and unconscious. He applied four light chest compressions to Adelyn, causing her to open her eyes and breathe again, and even smiled at her rescuer.
The baby was transported to Montefiore Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition.
Castillo has been an Army Ranger for 10 years and served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Nothing that I’ve ever done in my life, in my military career or on this job can compare to what happened to me today,” said Castillo, who received two Purple Heart medals and a Presidential Citation from George W. Bush.
“I felt like it was my kid,” Castillo said. “I just told myself, ‘Don’t be nervous. Don’t be scared. Just take care of this little girl.’”