On New Year’s Eve, while many prepared to welcome the new year, two La Vista police officers were helping to save the life of a 5-week-old baby.

Tuesday, the La Vista Police Department recognized Officers Steve Walter and TJ Jacik, along with 10 others, for their efforts saving lives in two different cases in December.

Walter, Jacik and two other police officers were presented with the department’s Life Saving Award at the La Vista City Council meeting, according to a press release. Seven Papillion firefighters and a Sarpy County 911 operator received certificates of appreciation from the Police Department.

Walter and Jacik used CPR and rescue breathing to save a baby who had stopped breathing and whose heart stopped beating. Medics later took the baby to the hospital, and she has recovered.

Officers Brian Mathew and Dana Miller, also recognized Tuesday, performed CPR and administered shocks from an automated external defibrillator on a 64-year-old woman who was having a seizure on Dec. 4. She was taken to the hospital and later recovered following a surgery.

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