Villa Rica Police Officer Clark Cleveland was honored on Tuesday by Chief Michael Mansour together with Mayor J. Collins and City Council Members for his lifesaving efforts involving an infant.
At about 3:45 pm on Friday, December 18, 2015, Kelly Hite and a friend came frantically into the police department lobby asking for help. Hite, who owns the VR Barber Shop in historic downtown Villa Rica, was holding one-month-old William Mulder who stopped breathing and had turned blue.
Officer Clark was in the reception area of the police department and quickly assisted by administering back compressions to clear the child’s airway. After a few seconds, the baby began breathing again. Officer Cleveland summoned an ambulance while he and Captain Scott Parker along with others monitored the infant’s condition until medical personnel arrived. The child was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where he was hospitalized for three days.
Officer Cleveland, a 2007 graduate of Villa Rica High School, credits his lifesaving ability to the CPR training he received during his days as a cadet in the police academy.