On a recent Tuesday, Texas A&M University Police Department Officer Norma Schoellman settled in at a local restaurant to grab a quick bite before getting back to work.

It was a typical weekday lunch break for Schoellman -- who has served with UPD for more than three years -- until a woman's scream rang out.

A man and woman, holding an infant who was just a few days old, had entered the restaurant, which police did not identify, and were frantic.

The boy was not breathing.

Schoellman said she wasn't sure whether anyone crowded around the little family knew how to perform CPR on an infant -- but she didn't stop to ask.

"It happened so quickly," Schoellman wrote in an email to The Eagle. "I do not believe anyone really had time to process what was happening. No one had started first aid when I made contact with the mom and dad."

Schoellman didn't know what was wrong with the baby, whether he was choking or had some internal medical issue. Though the incident happened Oct. 17, she said she still doesn't know what had happened to stop his breath. But she performed CPR on the boy, and within a few moments his chest began to rise and fall again. Before she could ask the family more about the child, he was whisked away to the hospital by paramedics.

"It all happened so quickly that I did not even have time to process my own emotions," Schoellman said. "I just reverted to my training."

Schoellman had worked as a dispatcher with College Station police for eight years, and received CPR training during her tenure. Once she joined UPD, she received further emergency response training.

She said immediately following the rescue, she had to return to patrol, and it wasn't until she got home that she was able to start digesting the situation from her own perspective as a fellow mother.

"After I got off of work, I definitely reflected on the incident and how I would have handled it if it had been my own son," she said.

In her time with UPD, Schoellman hasn't had to employ CPR before saving the baby. While she said she did once talk down a distressed person who standing on top of a parking garage, this is the first life-saving action she has made in her career.

Though the baby's family declined to speak to the media and did not want to be identified, they have remained in touch with Schoellman.

"They were very appreciative," she said. "The mom kept thanking me for saving her baby's life. I did visit them in the hospital shortly after the incident to follow up and the baby was awake and alert. I have talked to the family since and they said that he is doing very well."

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