HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A city mother panicked Tuesday when her one-year-old daughter turned blue and her eyes rolled back into her head. Within seconds of dialing 911, Police Officer Mark Carrillo arrived to the home where the mother placed her baby girl into his arms.

Though breathing, the child was unresponsive and her body did not show many signs of life -- police described her as “limp.” The girl had a seizure.

After failed attempts to stimulate her, Carrillo acted fast, and took it upon himself to take the baby and her mother to a nearby hospital. He couldn’t wait for the ambulance to arrive. A precious life wasn’t worth the risk.

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Helping the mother and daughter into his police cruiser, Carrillo activated the overhead lights and sirens and rushed the child to the emergency department of the nearest hospital where she was treated.

Detective Captain Darrin DeWitt praised Carrillo for his heroic efforts in helping to save the child’s life.

“Police understand there is nothing more precious than life, and Police Officer Carrillo showed compassion and concern for that family,” he said. “I commend him for his quick actions and am proud he is a member of the Hackensack Police Department."

Thanks to Carrillo’s quick thinking, the child is now recovering from an undisclosed illness.