JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Two Jackson County sheriff's deputies who saved the life of an 8-day-old baby over the weekend got a chance to visit with the family and the baby girl Thursday. Baby Sawyer is now two weeks old, and doing well following the frightening incident.
Saturday afternoon, Deputies Nathan Fisher and Christian Pitalo, along with Sgt. Mitchell McMillian responded to a call at a home on Smith Avenue. Deputy Fisher said when they arrived, the infant was unresponsive, had turned blue, and her eyes were rolled back in her head.
Fisher and Pitalo cleared the child's airway and began giving her CPR. Soon, the baby started crying and her color returned to her skin.
Once paramedics with Acadian Ambulance arrived, she was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital. Officials are happy to report the child is now doing just fine.
"The officers' quick response and ability to administer aid and lifesaving measures in a stressful situation saved the life of this child," Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a news release. "The actions of these officers reflect greatly upon their person and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department."
Trang Pham-Bui was there when the family got to thank the deputies in person Thursday. She'll have more on their story, and an update on Baby Sawyer's recovery tonight on WLOX News and WLOX.com.
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