Chicago cop saves toddler

November 5, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Officer Thomas Thomas Norberg, who is stationed at the 17th District, was driving on Montrose Avenue Thursday afternoon when a family frantically pulled up to his squad car.

"I rolled my window down at which point the mother said out the window yelling, 'my baby is not breathing, help me!'" said Officer Norberg.

Two-year-old Sergio Martinez was limp and unresponsive. His mother, Maribel Real, said he had choked on rice and stopped breathing and so they were racing to the hospital. The officer didn't wait. He and the boy's father immediately started CPR.

Instead, Sergio is fine. Officer Norberg gave Sergio and his sister police t-shirts on Friday.

"I was happy I was able to be there for his time of need," he said. "It makes me feel good. I love my job as a Chicago policeman. I really do."

Officer Norberg is a father of two children, age 7 and 9. He says if the same were to happen to his wife, he hopes someone out there would stop and help her, too.

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