A parent’s worst nightmare was averted this past Mother’s Day thanks to the quick actions and first responder training of Los Angeles Airport Police Officers Cindy Colon and partner Martin Hernandez.
What started off as a joyful Mother’s Day for a young mother and her baby waiting to board a flight from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to visit family, quickly turned tragic. The young mother began to panic as her baby stopped breathing and soon lost consciousness. An onlooker quickly flagged down Officers Colon and Hernandez, who were on foot patrol in Terminal 4. Officers Colon and Hernandez wasted no time and grabbed the two-year-old from the frantic mother and began administering life-saving first aid. After few tense moments, the officers cleared an obstruction from the baby’s airway and placed the small patient into a recovery position as she became responsive and began to breathe on her own. The duo continued to monitor the baby’s vitals while calming and reassuring the patient and mother until paramedics arrived.
Every year the men and women of the Inglewood Rotary Club sponsor a Police and Fire luncheon to honor local first responders for their actions and dedication to the community. This year, from the Los Angeles Airport Police, Officers Cindy Colon and Martin Hernandez were selected. Los Angeles Airport Police Assistant Chief David Maggard Jr. introduced his officers and spoke about the proud tradition of the organization and how the actions of these officers reflect upon that tradition.
“I can’t help but imagine how years from now on Mother’s Day, this mother will hold her child close and tell her the story of the two Los Angeles Airport Police officers and how they saved her life,” said Airport Police Assistant Chief David Maggard Jr. and “These officer’s actions were truly heroic and I am proud to have them represent the Los Angeles Airport Police”
The Los Angeles Airport Police Division is the nation’s premier aviation law enforcement agency with more than 1,100 specially trained police officers, security officers, and civilian staff protecting Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.
Inglewood Rotary President Lt. Christopher Golden, Officer Martin Hernandez, Officer Cindy Colon, Airport Police Assistant Chief David Maggard Jr.
Los Angeles Airport Police Captain Tyrone Stallings, Officer Martin Hernandez, Officer Cindy Colon, Lieutenant Marlo Richardson, Assistant Chief of Police David Maggard Jr.