GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Their job is to protect and serve and one Grand Prairie police officer has proved it’s not a duty he takes lightly. On Friday at the Mid-Autumn Festival at Asia Times Square, AJ Castaneda saw a choking child and stepped into action.
“All of the sudden I see a lady run out of the entrance and she’s holding a baby,” Castaneda said. “The child was just lifeless. The arms and legs were just dangling there as she ran towards me. She was Nigerian. Huge language barrier.”READ MORE: Man Who Sold Gun Used In Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue Hostage Crisis Federally Charged
Castaneda said he knew what to do and began giving the one-year-old boy back blows until he spit out a white object and started breathing again.
“I got kind of teary eyed because it’s very emotional,” he said. “You have a child’s life in your hands and it was very, very emotional.”READ MORE: Arlington Police Release Image Of Person Of Interest In Alphonso Lewis Jr. Slaying
In the days following, Castaneda has been called a hero, lifesaver and blessing on social media.
“I’ve been getting a lot of text messages and phone calls,” Castaneda said. “The outpouring has really been great. I’m just doing my job.”
“To me he is a hero,” Asia Times Square CEO Matthew Loh said. “The more I know about AJ, the more I admire him. For him, he just thinks that’s everyday life. That’s amazing. That speaks volumes of his character.”MORE NEWS: Justice Department, DEA, Dallas Police Arrest 20 Drug Dealers In ‘Operation Shut Down Corner’
“Whatever I can do for the children of the world,” Castaneda said. “I want to give. Children are great. They’re our future.”