St. Charles Police Officer Jennifer Larsen was presented with the Kane County Officer of the Year award on Feb. 27 for saving the life of a baby in 2018 when responding to a 911 call for help.
"Officer Larsen’s fast thinking and decisive actions during this stressful and disturbing event is a testament to her character, skills and training,” St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan said in a news release. “She displayed a prime example of the level of service, commitment and professionalism the St. Charles Police Department strives to give each and every citizen it serves. We are all very proud to have Officer Larsen on our team.”
Larsen was presented with the award at the annual Kane County Officer of the Year banquet on Feb. 27. The banquet is hosted by Batavia Moose Lodge 682 and the Kane County Chiefs of Police Association. She was nominated by Keegan.
"She is a wonderful asset to our staff," St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said after the ceremony. "That's very good news and it's indicative of the quality of the staff that we have in St. Charles."
On May 7, Larsen was dispatched to assist an ambulance with a possible cardiac arrest patient. When Officer Larsen arrived, she met the father, who was carrying an infant victim.
The father said he discovered the baby had fallen off the bed, the release stated. The adult watching the child was unaware the fall had occurred.
A combination of circumstances led to the child not being discovered for almost 20 minutes, according to the release. Because of the angle that the child’s head came to rest between the bed and wall, breathing became restricted. By the time the father discovered the child, she was blue and not breathing.
Officer Larsen immediately assessed the child’s condition. She promptly applied a sternum rub without any response from the child.
Larsen was unable to locate a pulse and initiated chest compressions. The infant physically reacted and her pulse was restored, the release stated. The St. Charles Fire Department arrived and the paramedics took over patient care.
The attending doctor at Delnor Hospital determined Officer’s Larsen’s quick and decisive actions saved the child’s life, according to the release.