Florida trooper helps save choking infant’s life

Trooper Billy Ortiz flagged down after ending his shift in Brooksville

Trooper Billy Ortiz (Florida Highway Patrol)

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – A Florida Highway Patrol trooper helped save a choking infant’s life after being flagged down by a driver in Brooksville at the end of his shift on Sunday, according to a news release.

Trooper Billy Ortiz was ending his workday and arriving at his home when a 25-year-old Brooksville man was speeding and honking the horn of his pickup truck to get the trooper’s attention, according to the FHP.

As the trooper exited his vehicle, the man began yelling that an 8-month-old infant was choking, according to the release.

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Ortiz attempted to assist the child, along with a passerby who identified herself as a retired nurse, but they were unable to clear the obstruction.

According to the FHP, Ortiz and the retired nurse then drove the infant to a local hospital in the trooper’s car, where medical staff were able to clear a plastic wrapper obstructing the baby’s throat.

“The Trooper’s rapid and decisive actions were credited with saving the infant’s life,” the release read in part.

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