Indianapolis police Detective David Miller was working off-duty as a security guard at an apartment complex last week when he heard screaming and discovered a limp, blue, 11-month-old boy who had a television fall on him. Within the next few moments, nothing ran through his mind except the steps outlined in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
“Anytime you’re faced with a stressful situation you revert to your training,” said Miller. “You just act.”
Now Miller, a sex crimes unit detective and McGuffey High School graduate, is being credited with saving the infant’s life.
He was exiting Meadowlark Apartments’ leasing office May 21 when he heard screaming and found a woman cradling an unresponsive infant who had suffered head injuries. David noted the apartment’s address, dialed the medics, scooped up the baby and hurried to the apartment entrance to perform CPR.
The Claysville native administered a series of CPR compressions and rescue breaths. By the time the medics arrived, 11-month Demetrius Jones appeared to be showing signs of life. According to reports, a television fell on the child, although the case remains under investigation.
Miller graduated from McGuffey High School in 2000. The Purdue University alumnus joined the police force in 2007 and is training for his first marathon in October. In addition his detective work, he works part-time as a security guard at the complex.
His mother, Cathy Miller, was both thrilled and shocked by his phone call telling her about the incident and listing the Indianapolis news outlets that covered his act of valor.
“He was in the right place at the right time,” she said.
“He’s my hero,” she added.
Miller is humble about the attention. He attributes his lifesaving success to CPR training.
“It’s very easy to learn – takes an hour of your time to get certified,” he said. “And in times of stress you revert to your training. It’s there when you need it.”