Heroic neighbor saves baby after near-drowning


REDDING, Calif. - An alert neighbor is being hailed a hero after police say he performed CPR on an infant who had nearly drowned.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 1200 block of Olive Avenue.

According to witnesses, the infant had gone under water in the tub, and wasn't breathing.

After family members brought the baby outside and began screaming for help, Matt Show, who lives nearby, jumped into action.

"My daughter heard the lady across the street scream that her baby wasn't breathing," Show said. "I came over there. She was on the porch and the baby wasn't breathing and she was calling 911. I performed CPR, patted the baby on the back, [and] opened the airway."

Dispatchers at SHASCOM were providing life-saving instructions during the ordeal, according to police.

When medical crews arrived, the infant was reported to be conscious and breathing, and was taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, police and neighbors are calling Show, who had CPR training after spending 30 years as a government employee, a hero.

He disagrees.

"I'm not a hero," Show said. "I'm glad to help. I was glad to be here and help that baby come back to life, because it was touch and go."

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