Smartphone app helps man save baby’s life

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A baby is alive thanks to a mechanic who learned the child was suffering a medical emergency through a smartphone app, according to KXLY.

A store clerk at a dance shop in Spokane heard a baby was turning blue and called 911.

“When you hear that you just pick up the phone and call 911, so I did that and I saw her and she was just saying, 'He's not breathing, he's not breathing,'” Lesley Reckord told KXLY.

Reckord put the baby on the ground and began rescue breathing.

Jeff Olson, who is a master technician at a local tire shop and a volunteer EMT, learned of the distressed baby through Pulse Point, a smartphone app

The app alerted Olson because GPS determined he was within two blocks of where the 911 call was placed.

“It sounded like an Amber Alert, you know how they come out, and so I looked at it and it said CPR needed and it gave the address,” Olson explained.

With paramedics still several minutes away, Olson was able to help keep the baby alive.

This is the first save since the Spokane Fire Department connected Pulse Point to its dispatch center.

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