Just days after taking a CPR class, Moses Salazar of Nampa got to put his training to use - and possibly helped save an infant's life.
Salazar was attending his son's Babe Ruth baseball game in Canyon County last month. While walking by the field, he noticed a woman with an infant in a stroller - and thought the child's facial color seemed off. Moments later, the woman started screaming for help because the child was not breathing. Salazar ran over and took the infant, who had turned blue and was limp.
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He remembered, from his CPR training, to put a child on a firm surface before administering aid. He placed the boy belly-side down across his shoulder and "gave him a couple pumps."
The boy began gurgling and then coughed up some food on which he was apparently choking. Salazar confirmed the boy was breathing freely and handed the child back to his mother, who took him to the hospital. A few days later at another baseball game, the mom approached Salazar - she didn't know his name - and gave him a card thanking him for saving the boy's life.
Salazar works for Ada County Parks and Waterways Department. The county required him to become CPR-certified as standard safety training for his job at Barber Park. This week, the Ada County commissioners honored their employee with a certificate of commendation for "his heroic lifesaving act of helping a small child in need of assistance."
Salazar received a standing ovation from county employees at the commendation ceremony.
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Salazar said he is glad the boy is OK and he is thankful for the recognition, but doesn't think he is anything "special." He was doing what felt natural - coming to the aid of someone in need and putting his extra training to use. Salazar encourages people who have not received CPR training to get it.
"It can happen at anytime to anybody. You never know when you are going to run into a situation," he said.
Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428, Twitter: @CynthiaSewell