Sheriff Tim Pounds and the DCSO is proud of the heroic efforts of Officers Brenda Jordan and Barbara Sprayberry who helped to save the life of an unresponsive one-month old boy on Friday, November 16, 2018.
A witness to the incident at the Visitation Center says the child wasn’t breathing and was unresponsive. The child’s mother was distraught and handed the baby to Officer Sprayberry who called 911, started CPR, checked the baby’s airway and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. According to the witness, the baby’s nose was bleeding and he had blood in his mouth, but she was able to get him breathing a little and he started to make quick cries. Paramedics arrived and took over. The infant was then transported to Douglas Wellstar then via Life Flight to Scottish Rite.
Jordan and Sprayberry’s quick thinking lead to what the ER doctor said, “If they had not been there and did what they did, the child would not have survived.”
The officers did everything they have been trained to do, to the best of their ability. Officer Sprayberry maintained a calm demeanor, gave clear instructions, performed CPR, informed 911 of the situation and maintained control of the environment around her. “To save a life, especially that of an infant, is the highest justification of existence, and the ultimate service to the public,” said Lt. Glenn Hensley, supervisor to the officers who have been with DCSO for almost 20 years collectively.