Bridgeport officer hailed for saving toddler

Bridgeport Police Officer Michael Novia

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Bridgeport police officer is being recognized for helping save a toddler’s life.

“It’s just a split second. You have a split second to decide,” said Officer Michael Novia.

After two years on the force, Officer MIchael Novia knows when facing an emergency you rely on your training. And yesterday about at 5:30 when he said, “I was flagged down by the mother and father who had the baby in the vehicle who at the time was not breathing.”

Police say 18- month-old Dylan (they’re not releasing  his last name)  started having a seizure at Seaside Park when the parents dialed 911, but they couldn’t give the operator a firm location because they didn’t know the area. So, they took matters into their own hands and drove looking for help.“ I saw the father cradling the baby and he was turning blue,” said Novia.

Instead of calling an ambulance, Novia flipped on his light and escorted them to St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Doctors told Novia,” Every second counted is the way he put it and the fact I got him there as fast as we did. It probably saved some valuable time for them,”

Now, Dylan is in good condition at the hospital and Novia was recognized at roll call this afternoon. Novia said, “Any other officer in my position would have done the exact same thing. It just happened to be I was the one that was there.”


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