Maintenance worker Joe Thomas has received CPR training through Caltrans every three years. Last Monday, February 25, Joe used that training to save the life of a 13-month old baby in distress.
Joe, a 15-year Caltrans employee, was driving along SR-54 in San Diego when he noticed two women stopped on the shoulder calling and waving for help. Their baby, Cesar Ortiz, had stopped breathing and was turning blue. Joe immediately called 911 and then gave the baby CPR. He was able to revive little Cesar, and shortly thereafter, an ambulance transported the baby to a hospital.
Cesar is now fine (and boy is he cute!). He was reunited with his rescuer last Friday. Check out the heartwarming video below.
Joe didn’t know that he would one day use his Caltrans CPR training to save a toddler’s life, but he's glad he was in the right place at the right time to avert a potential tragedy. We here at Caltrans are mighty proud of him.