Porter County Sergeant Jeremy Chavez
Saves Baby's Life
Diamond Earl holds her new daughter,
photo courtesy NWI Times
Sergeant Jeremy Chavez
Porter County Sheriff's Department
Porter County officer
performs life-saving CPR on
Posted: December 24, 2013 By Larry
Yellen, FOX 32 News
VALPARAISO, Ind. (FOX Chicago News)
A family in northern Indiana is
calling it their own little
Christmas miracle. A four-week-old
infant who had stopped breathing was
revived by a sheriff's deputy, and
is now recovering.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday,
Shalonda Earl heard her grandchild
Chyna gasping for air. Chyna was a
preemie. She had arrived 8 1/2 weeks
early, and this was just the baby's
second night at home.
Shalonda had run a daycare center
for 14 years, so she knew how to
give CPR, while the baby's mother
"I began to give her small short
breaths," Shalonda recalls. "And I
started the compressions, and I'd
say maybe, two or three minutes, she
Shalonda then decided to head for
the hospital, but when she got to
this intersection, she crossed paths
with sheriff's sergeant Jeremy
Chavez, who was rushing to her home.
"The sheriff, thank God for the
sheriff, he was headed past me, and
I jumped out, and flagged him down,"
"I saw the baby in the car seat and
her eyes were kind of rolled back in
her head," Sergeant Jeremy Chavez
with the Porter County Sheriff's
Department explains. "And she was
unresponsive. So at that point I
grabbed the baby out, I immediately
began doing chest compressions,
could see that she had some type of
white foam, or some type of liquid
around her mouth, and I just
continued to do chest compressions,
eventually she did come to."
Sergeant Chavez says it was the
first time he's given CPR to an
infant, but he knew the compressions
involved using just two fingers, to
avoid breaking the baby's fragile
"I just distinctly remember as I was
doing it," he says. "I just kept
thinking, this baby can't die, not
here, not now, not four days before
Christmas, in front of her mom, and
like I said, I just said a little
prayer, and I just kept doing the
compressions, and finally, she came
After three minutes of CPR,
paramedics arrived. Baby Chyna is
still in a hospital in South Bend
but is expected to be okay.
And grandma has a message for
"He actually gave us an early Merry
Christmas, and helped to save my
granddaughter's life," says Shalonda.
Porter County deputy
performs life-saving CPR on baby
December 23, 2013 6:00 pm
John Scheibel NWI Times
A 4-week-old baby girl is alive
thanks to a Porter County sheriff's
deputy who performed CPR when the
girl stopped breathing.
The officer credits God and his
training for helping him stay calm
and focused in a chaotic situation.
Diamond Earl on Friday had just
brought home her baby, Chyna, who
had been hospitalized since her
Earl said her mother, Shalonda Earl,
was tending to the baby when the
baby stopped breathing about
Diamond Earl said she called 911 for
an ambulance while her mother
performed CPR. She said the baby
started to breathe but was
When the baby stopped breathing
again and started turning blue, they
decided to drive to the hospital.
"I was crying; I didn’t know what to
think," Earl said. "It was painful
watching her changing colors."
En route to the mother's home, Sgt.
Jeremy Chavez was flagged down by
Chavez said he went to the baby in
her car seat and found Chyna with
her eyes rolled back and foam at her
Chavez took the baby from the car
seat and performed chest
compressions until Chyna started
wheezing and making noise.
Medics put the baby in an ambulance
and rushed her to Porter Regional
Hospital's Emergency Room.
Earl said they were transferred to
Children's Memorial Hospital in
South Bend, where the baby remained
Monday. She said doctors don't know
why Chyna stopped breathing, but she
now is doing well.
Chavez said he wasn’t supposed to
work Friday night but was filling in
for another officer.
He said as soon as he heard the
call, he started reviewing what he
learned just a month ago during his
During his 14 years as a police
officer, he had never performed CPR
on a baby.
"It was a amazing," Earl said of
Chavez's efforts. "He did whatever
it took to keep her alive. It was
Chavez said he tried to remain calm.
“I remember thinking this baby can’t
die now, not four days before
Christmas,” he said.
Earl said she's grateful to Chavez.
"It was just a blessing he was at
the right place at the right time.
I'm so thankful."
But Chavez believes God was at work,
placing him close to the scene not
long after his recertification.
“The gravity of the situation was
that it could have gone the other
way,” he said. “It was a miracle.
God was watching over Chyna that
Indiana officer saved her baby’s
García Reporter WGN News
An Indiana mother is crediting a
Porter County sheriff’s deputy for
saving the life of her four week old
infant daughter who performed CPR
when the child stopped breathing.
Diamond Earl called 911 at around
midnight Friday night into Saturday
morning when she realized her one
month old baby daughter Chyna was
Chyna’s grandmother did CPS and got
baby Chyna breathing just a bit and
the women decided to drive the
newborn to the hospital themselves.
On their way they spotted a Porter
County Sheriff’s vehicle and flagged
down the officer who jumped into
“After realizing it was the family,
I jumped out of the car and
immediately started doing chest
compressions,” said Sgt. Jeremy
In a minute or two, baby Chyna began
responding. Three minutes later
Sgt Chavez was not supposed to be
working that night and was covering
for a fellow officer. He had
considered patrolling a different
area but something told him to be
where he was and he was able to get
to baby Chyna within about four or
five minutes of the 911 call.
Now Sgt Chavez and his family are
preparing to celebrate Christmas
together, thankful for their own
blessings and thankful for God’s
watching over baby Chyna last
“I don’t consider myself a hero.
It’s what we do. It’s our job,”
Chavez says. “I believe God was
looking over baby Chyna that night.
It was a miracle.”
Porter County officer
revives infant who had stopped
AMY LAVALLEY Post-Tribune
correspondent December 23, 2013
VALPARAISO — Diamond Earl’s
Christmas gift came a little early,
thanks to the life-saving work of
Porter County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy
Shortly after midnight Saturday, he
performed CPR on Earl’s
four-week-old daughter, Chyna, who
had stopped breathing.
“I got my Christmas right here next
to me, thanks to him,” Earl said.
Chyna, born two months premature on
Nov. 23, was transferred Sunday from
Porter Regional Hospital to Memorial
Children’s Hospital of South Bend
for further tests to determine why
she stopped breathing, her mother
Chavez wasn’t supposed to be working
the midnight shift Saturday. He was
just filling in for another officer
when he got a call a couple of
minutes after midnight about a
one-month-old girl in Liberty
Township who wasn’t breathing.
As he pulled onto County Road 632
North, Earl and her mother, Shalonda
Earl, were already in their car, on
their way to the hospital. They
honked the horn and flashed the
vehicle’s lights so Chavez would
Chavez took the infant from her car
“Her eyes were rolled back and she
was unconscious,” Chavez said,
adding he knew on his way to the
call that he would get there before
“Probably a minute and a half or two
minutes in, she started to respond
to me,” he said, adding Chyna began
to make wheezing noises as he
continued CPR until the ambulance
arrived. “It was amazing.”
Earl said she brought Chyna home
from the hospital Thursday. Saturday
evening, she gave the infant a bath
and a bottle and her mother offered
to watch Chyna for a couple of hours
so Earl could get some rest.
As Shalonda Earl was preparing for
bed, “she heard (Chyna) take her
last breath,” Diamond Earl said,
adding her daughter stopped
breathing and turned purple.
She called 911 while her mother
Chyna started to breathe a bit, so
the two decided to head to the
hospital. That’s when they
“He grabbed my baby out of the car
seat and did whatever he could to
keep my baby alive — and he did,”
Earl said, adding Chyna has been
doing OK since the incident.
Chavez has been with the sheriff’s
department almost 14 years. He gave
CPR to an adult once, but hadn’t
done it on a child until last
weekend. He received his annual CPR
recertification earlier this month.
“I just thank God she made it,” he
He stopped by the hospital later to
see how Chyna was doing, and Earl
“The ironic thing is, I wasn’t
supposed to be there,” Chavez said.
“Things happen for a reason.”
PCSP officer saves
A Porter County Sheriff’s Police
appears to have saved the life of a
Liberty Township infant on Saturday.
According to police, at 12:02 a.m.
Sgt. Jeremy Chavez was dispatched to
a residence in the 100 east block of
C.R. 632N in response to a report of
an infant “unconscious and not
Chavez was en route when he was
flagged down by the driver of
another vehicle at the intersection
of C.R. 632N and North Calumet Ave.
and, assuming that the woman was the
child’s mother, stopped. “A female
and mother of the baby” was “crying
hysterically and pleaded with me to
help save her baby,” Chavez stated
in his report.
The infant, a girl, was “lying in
her car seat with her eyes rolled
back and a small amount of what
looked like white foam near her
mouth,” Chavez stated.
Chavez immediately began CPR on the
side of the road and continued to do
chest compressions until the arrival
of EMS at 12:10 a.m., police said.
By then the infant was “coming to by
wheezing and making noise,” he
subsequently advised Chavez that the
infant “was okay at that time” and
he cleared the scene.
PCSP Sgt. Larry LaFlower told the
Chesterton Tribune today that it
looks as though the baby girl is
going to be fine.
Investigators have spoken with the
child’s mother, LaFlower added.