When Sergeant Greg Smith was heading home on Thursday, he was flagged down by two females who were stopped on the side of the road.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, after Smith stopped to assist what he thought was a disabled vehicle, he immediately learned that a small child had stopped breathing as the family was heading home from the beach.
“Sgt. Smith immediately assessed the child’s condition and determined that the child was incoherent and had in fact stopped breathing. Sgt. Smith quickly radioed for Fire/Rescue to respond and began administering rescue breaths to the 2 year old child who appeared to have heat exhaustion or a stroke,” Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Florida, wrote on Facebook.
“As the child appeared to start breathing again, Sgt. Smith lightly poured water over the child in an attempt to lower the child’s body temperature while awaiting the arrival of Fire/Rescue,” the post continued. Other members of the Brevard County Fire Rescue Station 44 were called to the scene and they took over the first aid efforts that had been initiated by Sgt. Smith. The child was then transported to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge where the medical team took over.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that the following day he spoke with the grandmother and the child’s family who were visiting from Kansas City. “She was extremely thankful for Sgt. Smith’s and the other first responders quick actions in saving her Grandchild’s life. The child is fully recovered from what doctors believe was heat exhaustion and is enjoying the rest of their vacation on the Space Coast. In fact the family even sent us a picture of him catching up on playtime today after yesterday’s close call,” Wayne said.
The entire Sheriff’s Office is extremely proud of Sgt. Smith saying, “Sgt. Smith’s actions are a shining example of why that statement is so true!!”
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