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Local police officers recognized for heroic actions

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DU QUOIN -- Several local police officers received recognition Thursday for their actions. The Fraternal Order of Police recognized the officers for their life-saving actions.

Du Quoin Police officers Cale Bastien and Chris Robinson were honored for their actions in a call they responded to back in February.

"The calls come out of a baby not responding, not breathing. Officer Robinson gets to the scene first, I'm shortly behind him" said Officer Bastien.

The two officers acted quickly to keep the 8-month-old baby alive.

"Chris makes the quick decision to take the infant straight to the hospital instead of the ambulance," said Bastien.

"This little girl, we just wanted to make sure she made it to the hospital alive," added Officer Robinson.

Back in February, News 3 met with Tabias Alvis, grandfather of the baby, and he says he is forever grateful for the two officers who saved his granddaughter's life.

"I really appreciate them guys doing that, because the ambulance was coming from quite a way, and if they wouldn't have made that call, there's no way she'd be here today," said the grandfather.

The two officers were honored by the Fraternal Order of Police. FOP President Chris Southwood says it's important to recognize officers for what they do in the line of duty.

"Everyday all across this state, officers do actions like this, and a lot of them feel it's just part of the job, it's just what they do. But I do think that it's critical that we recognize those officers when they do something like that," said Southwood.

"Very appreciative of the awards, but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that that child is still with us today" Bastien concluded.

Bastien and Robinson add that they're glad they were there that night to give the baby another chance at life. They call it all in a day's work.

The FOP also honored two Carbondale Police officers, Trey Harris and Corey Brinkley, for their valor last August. That ceremony was kept private at the request of Carbondale Police.

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