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Police officer hailed a hero for comforting infant who survived fatal crash

Posted at 9:12 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 12:24:13-04

CINCINNATI -- “Is the baby OK?” 

That’s the first thing Sgt. Stephanie Glueck said when she arrived on the scene of a car that had slammed into a house. The driver was dead, and an 11-month-old girl was in the backseat. 

The infant was in a car seat; police say that saved her life. Gluek held the child, rocked her and patted her back while first responders treated the other passengers. 

The driver, 29-year-old Antoine Woods, hit a sign and utility pole at 2:13 a.m. Tuesday before crashing into a house at 4948 Winton Ridge Lane. He died at the scene. Both passengers, 23-year-old Yasmine Davis, who was sitting in the front seat, and 41-year-old Tobiase Davis sustained serious injuries. 

Glueck, a 12-year veteran with the Cincinnati Police Department, has two daughters of her own: a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old. She said she was driven by instinct to help the infant. 

“When you have children of your own, you have an instinct to gravitate towards children and make sure that they are OK and safe and protected,” Glueck said.

Glueck said being there for children goes beyond providing comfort. 

“I try to make contact with children … because I want them to have a positive interaction with police and not to fear us, to know that we’re there to protect them and keep them safe,” Glueck said.