BY LYNNETTE FORTH
SAVANNA — At 10:15 p.m. on Monday, April 17, Savanna Police Officer Nicholas Meeker’s life changed forever.
Meeker was on duty when a 911 call was received at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for a newborn not breathing in Savanna. He was first on the scene, and immediately put his training into action before the Savanna Ambulance crew took over.
For Meeker’s quick, life-saving action, the officer was recognized for his heroic efforts at the April 25 Savanna City Council meeting.
“My baby was blue and having a hard time breathing, so I called 911 while my Grandma tried to get him breathing again,” said Alysha Hobbs, the mother of 2-week old Hunter.
“Officer Nick Meeker responded really fast. He came rushing in and grabbed my son and put his finger into his mouth to try to get him breathing. He had me jump into his squad car with my son and rushed us to the ambulance barn to meet the EMT’s.
“I was scared, worried, and panicked, but Officer Meeker reassured me, and kept me calm,” Hobbs said.
“Afterward, he even went back to my house to let my family know Hunter was breathing better, and told me to let him know how Hunter was doing. He came by the house a few days later to visit us, and gave my daughter stickers. She loved it!”
Meeker has been an employee of the City of Savanna for the last three years, but has also filled in for other neighboring towns’ police departments.
Having been trained in basic CPR and first aid, Meeker said, “When I heard the call, I was concerned for the baby’s safety, and also for the family because that is a terrible thing for anyone to have to experience. I knew what needed to be done and I did it.
“As the events unfolded, I didn’t really have time to ‘feel’ anything, but after, I felt relief. I was thankful that things turned out the way they did, I knew the baby was breathing, and was confident that he was getting the best medical care possible with the Savanna Ambulance crew.”
Meeker’s approximate response time to the residence was just over a minute, so undoubtedly his fast work saved the child’s life.
During the council meeting, Meeker was recognized for his heroic efforts, and a letter of commendation from the infants mother was read, stating her thanks for the job that Officer Meeker had done, and the help that was given to her during a great time of need.
Meeker received a standing ovation for his efforts. A resident of Mount Carroll, Meeker is engaged to be married in October, and although he doesn’t have children of his own, he hopes to one day be a father.
(RR photo by Lynnette Forth)