Ofc. Andy Bonneau Share

Nov 11, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on Police Offi­cer Mark Andy” Bon­neau was at the right place at the right time on August 6th, 2020. In the ear­ly morn­ing, there was a 911 call of an infant child chok­ing. Ofc. Bon­neau, joined by Ofc. Joe Bid­dle, respond­ed to the scene and entered the bed­room of a home in the 2500 block of South Waite Street. The moth­er was there hold­ing the baby, and report­ed that her child’s breath­ing was very labored. Ofc. Bon­neau assessed the baby, and deter­mined he had a strong pulse, how­ev­er was not breath­ing. He report­ed that the breath­ing seemed lethar­gic with irreg­u­lar hic­cups and some foam­ing at the mouth. Ofc. Bon­neau gave the infant a small amount of time to start breath­ing, but it did not appear his con­di­tion was improv­ing. Bon­neau then admin­is­tered four back blows,’ a life-sav­ing tech­nique for a chok­ing baby, at which point the infant imme­di­ate­ly began cough­ing and cry­ing, indi­cat­ing that his air­way was cleared. The baby con­tin­ued to cry and appeared to become more ani­mat­ed in behav­ior. Ofc. Bon­neau sub­se­quent­ly held him until the ambu­lance arrived, then hand­ed him over to paramedics.

When asked to reflect on his life-sav­ing actions from the event, Ofc. Bon­neau stat­ed he was thank­ful to have some expe­ri­ence to know what to do. For­tu­nate­ly, I was an EMT pri­or to law enforce­ment, and I’m also a CPR Instruc­tor. Train­ing kicks in, and we do what we need to do when the time comes. I’m just glad I was able to get there as fast as I did, and hope­ful­ly helped them out. It’s what any of us would do.”

Ofc. Bon­neau has been with the Mar­i­on Police Depart­ment since June of 2016.

Mar­i­on Police Chief Angela Haley said since his career began with MPD, he has made a dif­fer­ence in the lives of many. Ofc. Bon­neau has helped count­less peo­ple dur­ing some of their worst moments. This is just one exam­ple. He takes his job seri­ous­ly, but approach­es it with kind­ness and humor.”