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While dining at a Bricktown restaurant earlier this month, Capt. Bill Patten used quick judgment to save a baby’s life.

A 16-month-old girl let out a cry and fell to the ground near the officer. Mia Perales’ mother panicked as she realized her daughter was choking on a piece of candy, according to a post by Oklahoma City Police Department to its Facebook page.

Patten briefly spoke to Rosa Perales before patting Mia hard on her back to dislodge a mint stuck in the toddler’s airway, reported

Rosa was thankful for the officer’s quick response and told, “Oh, I was so lucky, so blessed that he was there.” Like any mother knows, Rosa’s baby means everything to her.

“I just want to say thank you so much. You saved my daughter’s life, and she’s everything to me,” she said.

Kudos to Patten for using his quick wits to save a life.

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