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ISP Trooper Called Hero After Saving 2-Year-Old

Last updated on Thursday, May 30, 2013

(HOBART) - An Indiana State Trooper is being hailed as a hero for saving a 2-year-old girl after the toddler stopped breathing while riding in her mom’s SUV.

Jennifer Newsum was driving along a highway in northwest Indiana when she noticed her daughter had stopped breathing.

Newsum pulled over to the side of the road and Trooper Dan Avitia spotted her SUV after hearing a call on his radio about a medical emergency involving a child.

Avitia pulled over and performed CPR on the girl.

"I was determined to see if she was breathing. I saw she had blue lips, which shows from our training she's not getting oxygen. (Then) I started to administer CPR," Avitia said.

Officials did not say what caused the girl to stop breathing.

She's said to be recovering and doing well.

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