On October 12th, 2020, just after 6:00 pm, the Livonia Police Department received a 911 emergency call from a mother who reported that her two-year-old daughter was choking on a piece of pickled beet. Two Livonia officers arrived on scene within minutes and observed the child to be unresponsive and blue in the face. Both officers performed back blows and abdominal thrusts in an attempt to clear the child’s airway. The child was transported to St Mary’s Hospital in Livonia by the Livonia Fire Department where multiple pieces of beet were removed from her airway. The child was then air lifted to Mott’s Children Hospital in Ann Arbor where she has made a full recovery.
Recently, the child and her family came in to the Livonia Police Department to show their appreciation. The child was able to meet and get a picture with one of the officers who helped save her life that day.