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Off-Duty Trooper Runs Barefoot to Panicked Neighbor's House as Newborn Turns Blue

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The New Jersey State Police’s motto is Honor, Duty, and Fidelity. Faithfulness to the cause definitely can be exhibited while a state trooper is out on the job, honoring those he has a duty to protect.

However, Trooper Robert Meyer’s most recent display of faithfulness to his duty occurred when he was off-duty.

He was awoken after working an overnight shift, and ran barefoot and coatless to honor that duty to an infant girl named Elizabeth, who was in desperate need of his help.



Baby Elizabeth had mucus blocking her airways and was unable to breathe. Her grandmother called 911 but knew a state trooper lived next door.

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She ran there, but he wasn’t home. His girlfriend directed the grandmother to Meyer’s residence.

Trooper Meyer answered the door and ran the three houses back to where Baby Elizabeth lay choking, without stopping to even put on his shoes.

Meanwhile, the baby was turning blue and struggling to breathe. She’d been drinking when she started stiffening and choking.

Fortunately, Meyer is a new dad to a preemie. He knew to try to clear the baby’s nasal passages first.

Meyer reports, “I started suctioning her nasal passages, her mouth, her throat, at which point, I could hear that she was starting to get some air into her.”

He asked the family for one of those suction bulbs that every mother seems to have, and used that to suction out as much fluid as he could.



Soon thereafter, Piscataway Police arrived and Elizabeth was transported to the hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery, due to Meyer’s bravery and commitment to his duty.

The ability to make a decision when awoken from the dead of sleep is an incredible feat. Many people would have been groggy or foggy-minded and may not have responded to a knock on the door so late.

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The ability to make the right decision in a split second is even more amazing. Meyer knew to check the baby’s airwaves and knew exactly what to ask for to save the youngster’s life.

Meyer’s wife, Kaitlyn, is incredibly proud of him. She said, “It was a little mix of trooper instinct and daddy instinct.”

Elizabeth’s life depended on Trooper Meyer’s ability to make the right decision, and he came through with flying colors.

The New Jersey State Troopers must be proud of their service members and their ability to save lives, whether on or off duty.

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A proud reference librarian at San Diego Law Library, Havilah is a recent graduate from iSchool at San Jose State University with her master's in library and information science.
A proud reference librarian at San Diego Law Library, Havilah is a recent graduate from iSchool at San Jose State University with her master's in library and information science. She is passionate about writing and education, and most recently created content for the iStudent blog at SJSU. She is also on the board at SANDALL, a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, currently serving as secretary.




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