Paul James says it took quick-thinking officers less than 30 seconds to revive a lifeless baby brought to the doorstep of a central police station in Queensland.
On September 2, when a frenzied mother arrived at the door with the boy, Sergeant James was visiting the Gracemere Police Station.
He said that one of his colleagues went out outside the station to investigate a noise and came back with a baby.
The officers began CPR immediately.
“[The baby] was non-responsive, blue, not breathing,” he said
“It was quite incredible to watch everyone just click into their own role.
“It was quite daunting, quite emotional, but at the same time quite satisfying.”
He said it’s not a situation that officers routinely face.
“We go to a lot of jobs, we do a lot of things where we don’t have a positive result and I, for one, have done CPR many, many times throughout my career,” he said.
“Normally if we’re doing CPR it’s as a result of a trauma or an overdose or something like that, whereas this is an innocent baby who is suffering from an illness.
“I can say this is the very first time I’ve ever managed to get someone back doing CPR.”
His mum, who did not want to be identified, said she raced to the station because it was close to her home.
“It’s terrible, you feel just helpless, absolutely helpless,” she said.
“I was two seconds in the door and they already had baby and could tell something was wrong.
“They sat me down and made sure everything was going OK, which I’m grateful for.
“My partner and I can’t thank them enough, we really can’t.
“If I hadn’t lived where I live, the outcome would have been so much different.”
Lucas has also been diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism, a rare disorder that indicates he was born without a thyroid.