On December 26, 2010, Officer Steve Castillo and Reserve Officer Mario Castro were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block Loma Lisa Lane on a medical assist call of a six-year old child choking. Officers Castillo and Castro responded with lights and siren to the emergency, and were first to arrive on scene. Officer Castillo entered the house while Officer Castro retrieved equipment from their police car. Officer Castillo encountered a hysterical family along with a small boy lying on the floor with his father trying to render aid. Officer Castillo took immediate control of the situation, and checked the boy for vital signs. Officer Castillo discovered that the boy had a pulse, but was not breathing, unresponsive, and had skin that was blue in color. Officer Castillo administered several back blows in an attempt to dislodge the object blocking the child’s airway. Officer Castillo then turned the child over and performed several mouth sweeps to clear the obstruction.
As a result of these collective efforts, Officer Castillo was able to clear a portion of the object, and soon heard air starting to flow again. At that moment, paramedics arrived and took over rescue efforts. Medics used forceps to fully clear the object (and blockage) from the boy’s throat. The boy was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was later released from the hospital, and has since made a full recovery.