Okeechobee County Deputy Bryan Holden saves choking 18-month-old baby, sheriff's office says

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - An Okeechobee County Sheriff's deputy saved an 18-month-old baby choking on a gummy bear, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputy Bryan Holden was flagged down by  a man who jumped out of his car holding a baby  when he was on his way to a burglary call in the northwest part of Okeechobee County, according to authorities.

The baby had blood on his shirt and blood coming from his mouth, according to authorities.

Deputy Holden placed the baby on the rear of his patrol truck and proceeded to administer back blows until the candy was dislodged.

Okeechobee County Fire Rescue arrived and transported the child to Raulerson Hospital.

The baby was treated and released from the hospital in good condition, according to the sheriff's office

"During my entire career I have always heard that there is never a policeman when you need one.  This family rushing their child towards town for help probably doesn't agree with that statement.  I talked to two fire/paramedics this morning and they stated without a doubt, Deputy Holden saved this child's life," Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May said in a statement.