Five Greenwood Emergency Personnel Honored for Saving Boy’s Life
Five Greenwood emergency workers were recognized last month for their efforts in saving the life of a 2-year-old boy who was found unresponsive in a local pond.
According to the Greenwood Daily Journal, firefighters Drew Baldwin, Joe Halfaker, and Michael Mitchell, paramedic Jonathan Myers, and emergency medical technician (EMT) Christian Van Hoozer — all of Greenwood’s Station 91 — were honored with the Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children Pediatric Hero Award.
The five emergency workers were called to an apartment complex retention pond where a 2-year-old boy had been found unresponsive in the water, according to the newspaper.
Halfaker, who was the team’s leader, ran down to the water’s edge upon arriving on the scene. There he found the boy who had first been pulled from the water by an attentive maintenance worker. Halfaker took the boy to a flat surface and began performing CPR, the newspaper reported.
Mitchell soon began assisting Halfaker in performing CPR, and the two continued to do so until the ambulance arrived
“Just as the ambulance arrived at Franciscan St. Francis Health, the toddler regained a pulse,” the newspaper wrote.
“Anytime firefighters can be recognized for efforts like saving a 2-year-old with his whole life ahead of him, it’s rewarding,” Halfaker told the newspaper.
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