A Dalton Officer is being hailed a hero.
The community says he went beyond the call of duty and saved the life of a 7-month-old choking baby.
To neighbors on Foster Street, Dalton Police Officer Michael Houck is a hero.
"It was like, you're here for a wreck and the next thing you know, someone's running down the street talking about, I don't know what she said but he ended up running down there to save a baby's life," said resident Lernice Phillips.
Houck was finishing up paperwork for a minor wreck when he says a woman frantically ran up to him, yelling in Spanish. He says he didn't get the jist of what was happening, until one of the drivers translated that 7-month-old baby was choking. He says he ran down the street where he met the baby's mother, frantic in her front yard.
"I took the baby from her and could feel it was limp, didn't appear to be breathing," said Houck.
That's when instinct kicked in.
"I immediately put him over on my arm here and gave him some taps to the back. After about the third or fourth tap, a piece of carrot fell out of his mouth," said Houke.
As it turns out, the baby is going to be okay. But the story is still roaming around this hometown street days later.
"I was like, oh my God. I was shocked because most of the time you see something bad and he did something really wonderful," said Dillard.
But Houck says that's what police officers do.
"It was the right place at the right time. If it had been anybody else, any other officer of whatever would have done the same thing I did. Like I said a minute ago, it's instinct. It's what we do," said Houck.
By Alyssa Spirato