Two Los Angeles security guards working at a Beverly Hills gas station have been praised for their quick wits after they intervened to save the life of a choking baby.
Niko Nesbeth, a Navy veteran, and his partner Joey Madrigal were working at the 76 gas station on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive on the morning of May 26.
One person rushed over to get some water to help the baby, saying a mother needed help: CCTV footage showed the panicked mother screaming, “Who’s a doctor?”
Nesbeth got active and ran to help while Madrigal radioed for medics.
The mother pushed her child into Nesbeth’s arms and collapsed on the floor in hysterics as Nesbeth patted the baby’s back to get him to breathe again.
The panicked mother in the green top is seen throwing her choked baby into the arms of security guard Niko Nesbeth
Niko Nesbeth said he was happy to be there and able to help
“She was very devastated,” said Jose Peraza, a gas station worker who helped comfort the mother.
He said KTLA: “He was dying, not breathing or anything.” So a couple of security guys helped her.
“My partner told the security guard to hit the little baby on the back.”
Nesbeth said he immediately realized the child was in dire need of attention.
“The mother is already throwing the baby into my arms,” said Nesbeth.
“When I look at the baby’s face, I notice that it’s turning blue.
“I could see his color changing, so I knew he was gagging and not getting air.”
Madrigal recently joined Covered 6 Security, a private security company that also provides tactical training.
He said he knew the priority was to get professional medical help.
“One thing I learned through the training is that you have to slow down time; “And you have to see it, get all the facts and put it all together – because I was essentially responsible for bringing about the rescue as quickly as possible,” he said.
Nesbeth said he was glad he could help her and described his being in the right place at the right time as “divine intervention”.
The infant was unharmed.
“It was the most beautiful feeling to feel like that,” he said fox 11.
“To support a community – especially a young child – that’s great.”
The mother in green can be seen sinking to the ground in hysterics while Nesbeth tends to the child
Joey Madrigal has been tasked with calling for immediate medical attention for the baby
The couple said they believe it was a “divine intervention” that they were in the right place at the right time
Private security guards are nothing new on the streets of Beverly Hills. Covered Six has been recruited since December 2021 to patrol the affluent neighborhood. The company is working with the Beverly Hills Police Department.
This came at a time when crime in Los Angeles was beginning to rise. Also that month, Jacqueline Avant, 81, a philanthropist and wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was killed in a robbery and shooting.
According to LA Magazine, the city’s rise in crime stems from widespread looting following the Black Lives Matter protests on Rodeo Drive in the summer of 2020, which left some high-end stores with broken windows.
Earlier this month, a homeless camp that grew into a sea of tents near Beverly Hills was finally dismantled after weeks of angry residents complaining that the tent dwellers were using and selling drugs on the site.
Angry residents of the upscale Beverly Grove enclave watched in horror as dozens of homeless people set up camp on San Vicente Boulevard last month.
You have described how the tent dwellers fight “round the clock” while consuming and selling drugs in the camp.