PONTIAC, MI – On Monday September 28th, 2020, Oakland County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Parkdale Avenue in the City of Pontiac for a call of a 10-month-old infant who was not conscious and not breathing.
Upon the Deputies’ arrival, along with Waterford Regional Fire Department, CPR was initiated. Due to the condition of the child, the decision was made to take the child to McLaren Oakland Hospital immediately, in lieu of waiting for EMS to arrive.
Two Waterford Regional Firefighters loaded the child into the backseat of a patrol car and continued to perform CPR, while a Deputy drove to the hospital. As part of a team effort, other Deputies assisted with traffic to clear a path for the patrol car to get to the hospital as safely and as
swiftly as possible. The child was able to be resuscitated due to the life-saving actions performed.
As a follow-up to the incident, Detectives interviewed doctors and it was determined the child had choked on something and went into cardiac arrest. Subsequent interviews with the parents of the child, indicated it was possible the victim found drug paraphernalia in a trash can and ingested it.
Currently, Detectives are continuing their investigation and Children’s Protective Services was notified of the incident.
“Watching the dashcam footage of our Deputies and Firefighters working hand-in-hand together to save the life of an innocent 10-month-old child demonstrates the heart and soul of our first responders,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “I am incredibly proud of these heroes for relying
on their instincts and training during this very stressful moment and I commend them for their quick-thinking and partnership.”
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