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Officer Fernandez: The man behind the photo

(Source: SCMPD) (Source: SCMPD)

On Tuesday morning, Officer Omar Fernandez was determined to find a missing 6 month old in the woods.

After two hours of searching, Officer Fernandez jumped a fence and spotted the infant alone and behind a shed. Fernandez says he assumed the worst, but the baby only had suffered a few minor scratches.

Fernandez stayed with the infant on the ride to the hospital, where his parents picked him up.

“I looked to my right and I saw the child laying there, not moving,” said Fernandez. “We all worked to finish the mission together, and we did that. I can't speak for all of us, but for most of us, we sign on to save lives, to make a difference, that not everybody is able to make or not everybody else wants to make."

Without knowing, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department posted a picture of Fernandez and the infant on social media. Dozens of people reacted to the post by sharing and liking the photo.

“I see it on the SCMPD page and I was kinda like (face shocked),” Anastasia Coblazo said. “I thought something bad had happened but instead he’s off saving babies and the world, one person at a time I guess.”

Fernandez’s wife, Anastasia Coblazo and his two sons, Uriah and Giovanni, couldn’t be prouder. Coblazo says he is one of the best fathers she’s ever seen and been blessed with.

Coblazo says she was not surprised with the outcome. Fernandez was doing his job both as an officer and a father.

Coblazo says there might be a future officer in the family.

While wearing a sticker on his chest with a SCMPD badge, “I wanna be a police officer because it’s fun,” said Giovanni.

“I got myself a little man here, following daddy’s footsteps,” Coblazo said.

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