HOPATCONG - The parents of a newborn boy are praising three Hopatcong police officers for saving his life.
Officer Bob Haffner is also trained as an EMT. He has given CPR to adults and kids, but had never performed the lifesaving technique on a newborn - until Sunday.
Haffner and two partners responded to a call of a 5-day-old infant who had stopped breathing. When the officers arrived, they found the baby on the living room floor with no pulse.
"I knew it wasn't good because the baby was bluish in color," says Lt. Bob Unhoch.
Officer Haffner started gentle chest compressions and they rushed the baby into a police car and drove him to the ambulance squad. They continued CPR in the car.
They then transferred him to an ambulance and headed to Morristown Medical Center. The officers credit Roxbury police with escorting them to the hospital, which shaved crucial minutes off the trip.
The baby is now in stable condition. "After doing this job for 20 years, it's good to see something like that for a baby that survives," says Unhoch.
The officers say they simply jumped into action as they had been trained to do.