A year ago, Texas police officer Patrick Ray saved young Bexley Norvell from choking on a coin.

The 30-year-old police officer, Corporal Patrick Ray, who was on his lunch break, took the call and immediately rushed to the location.

Bexley’s mother, Norvell, told ABC News that she was taking the kids inside for a nap when she noticed her daughter’s lips were blue.

“She went completely limp, It was more than falling asleep. She just collapsed. I looked in her eyes and she was so distant. We had no clue she had swallowed anything,” Norvell recalled.


Within seconds, he was able to pry Bexley’s mouth open and performed a finger sweep. According to Ray’s body camera, he saved Bexley’s life in 27 seconds.

To thank him, Bexley – now 2 years old – invited him to a tea party.

“Whenever I do ask my children ‘what do you want to pray for?’ Bexley always says, ‘Officer P Ray. Officer P Ray’,” Bexley’s mother said.



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