Police & Fire

Veteran Edison Patrolman Saves Newborn Baby’s Life

Officer Brian Freund Credits: Edison PD photo

EDISON, NJ – A six-day-old baby girl has a 16-year police veteran to thank for saving her life, after the officer found the newborn unable to breathe at her family’s North Edison townhouse, Police Chief Thomas Bryan said Monday.

Officer Brian Freund arrived at the Rivendell Way townhouse just after 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19th, where he found the 39-year-old father, Babu Gundimada, crouched on the floor over his 6-day-old daughter, Jivya, who appeared unable to breathe, police said.

Seeing that the baby had turned blue and was unresponsive to Gundimada’s attempt at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Officer Freund took over CPR and did gentle chest compressions until the infant began to indicate she was getting air into her lungs by coughing and crying, police said.

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“Saving this newborn’s life is an absolute credit to Officer Freund,” Chief Bryan said. “It also demonstrates that every dollar we invest in officer-training and the emphasis we place on preparedness and professionalism is time and money well spent.”

Freund has been employed with the department since 2000.

An Edison Fire Rescue crew and emergency medical technicians from JFK Medical Center transported the infant to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for further treatment.

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