INDIANAPOLIS - An off-duty Indianapolis police officer is being lauded as a hero Thursday after coming to the rescue of an 11-month-old boy.
On Wednesday, the mother of toddler Demetrius Jones ran into the courtyard of the Meadowlark Apartments on the far-east side screaming that a television had fallen on her child.
Detective David Miller heard her screams and sprang into action.
"To me it was an act of god," said Miller, who was working security at the apartments at the time. "I just happened to come out of the leasing office at the right time. I'm not a doctor, but if it had been a minute to 30 seconds later, he wouldn't have made it to the hospital."
While Miller is being lauded for his lifesaving efforts, other officers are investigating exactly how the child was hurt.
"We've been told that a TV fell on the baby somehow," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey. "The detectives are looking at that in conjunction with the Department of Child Services."
For neighbor Melissa Bell, that investigation takes a backseat to an officer, a gentleman and a lifesaver.
"He's like a hero. He's a God-sent angel that saved that baby's life," said Bell. "He went into action. He didn't care about the blood being on him. He didn’t care about nothing. All he cared about was saving that baby's life."
As of Thursday, the child was still listed in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children.
Miller said he was a pre-med major at Purdue University before switching over to criminal justice. He credits that experience, and his police academy training, for preparing him for Wednesday's incident.
Ritz: Felon with teaching license not acceptable
A Call 6 Investigation into convicted felons and sex offenders holding valid teaching licenses is prompting the Indiana…
Pence, Hogsett among guests at War Memorial
Gov. Mike Pence and Mayor Joe Hogsett were in attendance for the 500 Festival Memorial Service Friday afternoon.
PHOTOS: Inside look at glamping
An inside look at Glamping at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
ALERT DAY – A few spotty storms Friday
Just like the past few days thunderstorms will be in the forecast on an isolated basis today.
Person shot, killed by police on south side
Officers with the Indiana State Police shot and killed a person on the south side of Indianapolis Friday morning.