Pittsburgh police officer honored for saving baby's life

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PITTSBURGH —

A Pittsburgh police officer was honored Tuesday for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Mayor Bill Peduto presented Officer Lucas Coyne with a certificate of commendation during a ceremony in the Mayor's Office Tuesday in the City-County Building downtown.

Coyne said Tuesday he relied on training when he found a baby who was not breathing in a Hill District apartment this month.

“I just did what I was trained to do,” Coyne said. “I didn't think about what I was doing, I just reacted.”

Coyne, 31, took over administering CPR on the 3-month-old from a building security guard. Booker regained a pulse and began breathing again.

“There's rarely an opportunity when we get to celebrate the saving of a life,” Peduto said.

Coyne, who joined city police in 2007, said he was grateful for the award but felt he did what any officer would do.

Peduto congratulated Coyne for taking command of the situation at the Bedford Avenue home on July 10 and using CPR training.

“Because of that, this young child will be able to live,” Peduto said.

Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the boy remains in critical condition. The incident remains under investigation.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.