Melody Speicher, Brooklyn’s grandmother, said the toddler “has not eaten a hot dog since.”
Speicher said she was glad Shannon was recognized for his actions. “He deserves it.”
Shannon said he appreciated the recognition because police officers are seen more in a negative light in the press than in a positive light.
Whitman said Shannon started as a reserve officer in September 2001 and became a full-time officer in February 2006. He has received several letters of commendation and several letters of gratitude from citizens as well as a safe driving award.
This was not the first time Shannon helped to save someone’s life.
In March 2010, Shannon and two officers received a late-night dispatch to a gas station for a man who was on the ground and unresponsive.
The officers found the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Shannon and another officer immediately began performing CPR on him. When medics arrived, an AED was used to get the man breathing and was transported to Atrium Medical Center where he recovered from a heart attack.