GOOD NEWS PHOTOS: Toddler Hosts Tea Party With Officer Who Saved Her Life a Year Ago
A tea party reunion between a police officer and the 2-year-old he saved from choking was captured in a precious set of photos.
Officer Patrick Ray of the Rowlett Police Department in north Texas saved the life of little Bexley Norvell one year ago when she choked on a penny.
On that frightening day, Bexley's father called 911 when her mother Tammy discovered, to her horror, that Bexley's lips were blue and body had gone limp.
Officer Ray responded to the call while he was on a lunch break. Tammy said the officer took swift action, grabbing the infant and performing a finger sweep to dislodge the penny that was blocking her airway.
"That's when we heard the most beautiful sound of her squeaking and coughing and crying," Tammy said.
The incident created an unbreakable bond between the Norvells and Officer Ray's families. Now, they keep in touch regularly, visiting each other on holidays and birthday celebrations.
"I feel that I have no words, even after a year," Tammy said. "I hold [police officers] all in high regard, but there's no way to repay [Ray]. I want to portray that image, that they have a softer side. If we can change one person's image of police officers, then the world can only be better."
Ray said he could not have passed up the tea party with Brexley.
"It was something that I just couldn't turn down because I knew it was going to be really special for her mom and Bexley," he told ABC News. "I have two boys, so I don't get to do that type of stuff you do with a little girl. She's a sweetheart. She's my best friend."