BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — A metro mom became paralyzed with fear as her baby boy started choking. Thankfully, a kind stranger stepped in to save her child's life but she didn't get a chance to thank him until much later.
Taco Tuesday at Rancho Grande in Blue Springs brought 9 month-old Lane's parents and Kansas City Police Ofc. Brian Arant together in a way they'll never forget.
Elise Wiley says she was feeding Lane when he got choked up.
"I thought he was fine because he started to cough a little bit and then nothing, and I panicked. I didn't know what to do," said Wiley.
Ofc. Arant heard the Wiley's screaming for help and took over.
I reached for the baby. She handed the baby to me and then I immediately started CPR, because the baby was not breathing and apparently choking," said Arant.
Wiley still fights back tears talking about the incident.
"I panicked. I didn't know what to do and he took him out of my arms and saved his life and I could never repay him for that," said Wiley.
Paramedics checked Lane out before the family left the restaurant. When Elise got home she realized that she didn't know the name of the off-duty officer who saved her son's life. Thanks to Facebook and 41 Action News she quickly found him and arranged a reunion.
"I just wanted to thank you. I could never ever, ever repay you for what you did ever," said Wiley.
The Wiley family presented Arant with a gift and he got to hold Lane again.
"God works in mysterious ways. I was there for a reason. I'm glad I was there, said Arrant.