Aurora to honor two city employees who saved baby's life
A one-year-old baby is still alive thanks to the life-saving actions of two City of Aurora employees.
Both heroes will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 26, by Mayor Richard Irvin, the Aurora City Council, and the child's family.
As Daniel Chavez and Josh Elrod, who work in the city's Water & Sewer Division, handled routine duties last week, a startling scream changed the course of their day.
The desperate wailing was from a mother in a nearby house who discovered her 1-year-old son unresponsive on the couch, grabbed him, and rushed outside to seek help.
Josh and Daniel immediately ran to the yard down the block.
Faced with a language barrier, Josh turned to Daniel to translate and communicate in Spanish with the mother who held her lifeless child in her arms.
As Josh called 911, Daniel placed the baby on the ground to perform CPR.
By the time the paramedics arrived a few minutes later, the baby was breathing again and crying loudly.
"They helped in a life-and-death situation that may have turned out very differently if not for their quick thinking and actions," said Aurora Fire Chief David McCabe.
The dynamic duo will be feted and recognized for their heroic actions during a recognition ceremony at 6 p.m. during the Aurora City Council Meeting at the city hall, 44 E. Downer Place.