Vicki Earich says a stop for gas a few months ago changed her life.
"I was ready to leave when I saw a woman running and hitting the back of a baby."
A young couple with a 28–day–old baby had pulled off of the highway when he started choking.
Earich says she jumped out of her car, she thought her work at Mesa County Developmental services and CPR training might help.
"It all came flooding back, and I was as calm as I am now talking to you. I don't know how i did it," said Earich.
Employees at the gas station called 911. The baby was slipping away.
"He was turning blue, and he wasn't breathing."
Earich says the baby's dad wouldn't let go.
"I said okay dad, I'm gonna walk you through this."
Then she says it happened.
"He started crying, and the dad said if he's crying, he's breathing," said Earich.
The ambulance showed up a few minutes later and whisked the young family away.
Vicki says she still can't believe it.
"I'm so glad he's okay. I was able to give back life, it was truly a gift, and I am so proud to have been a part of that."
Earich says she was in the right place at the right time, and says she is thankful she remembered her CPR training.
"It matters, for anyone to walk into that situation with the knowledge."
And she hopes others will learn, because you never know when a stop at a gas station could be the chance to save a life.
The Red Cross is offering CPR classes Saturday, July 26th and the first week of August. Click on the link below for more information.
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