Vidor honors officer with Life-Saving Award for saving infant

Sgt. Lee Brading with Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll

The city of Vidor and the Vidor Police Department honored the heroic actions of Sgt. Lee Brading during a Life-Saving Award Ceremony at City Hall on May 3. Brading literally breathed life back into an unresponsive infant at a Vidor residence March 15, performing CPR on the baby twice during the encounter, reports Police Chief Rod Carroll.

In the harrowing 911 call, the infant’s 12-year-old sister can be heard repeating “not again” multiple times into the receiver. She was referring to the loss of a sibling who died of SIDS in a separate incident. However, when the 911 dispatcher picks up the phone, the young girl clearly states the problem.

“My little brother isn’t breathing.”

The dispatcher proceeds to instruct the victim’s sister and mother on CPR techniques prior to Brading’s arrival. Once on scene, the experienced officer took over, reviving the child, Nyle, two times before EMS arrived. The baby was taken to St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont and later taken to a facility in Houston.

“On behalf of the Vidor Police Department and citizens of Vidor, I would like to congratulate Sgt. Brading on going above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in a family’s lives and a child’s future,” said Chief Carroll.

Carroll also commended the 12-year-old sister of the infant in distress, calling her a “superstar.” The baby’s brother also assisted with the call, said the children’s mother, Jessica Koester.

According to her, the infant resuscitated by Sgt. Brading is now three months old and recovering from whooping cough and pneumonia at a long-term care facility in Houston. Koester says she looks forward to her son’s homecoming, which will be very soon now.

“He will be about 4 months old when he comes home,” she said. “I can’t wait! His bed is empty, and we will be so happy to have him back home.”

After receiving the life-saving award from Vidor, Sgt. Brading humbly accepted a special recognition award from Lauren Jones of Congressman Brian Babin’s office for his actions.

Brading said he learned CPR as a Boy Scout and received special training in CPR for infants as a law enforcer.

“That was the really scary part,” Brading said of administering life-saving measures to a baby. “There is a fine line between how much is enough and how much is too much. With God’s intervention, I found that zone.”

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