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Fast-Acting Deputy Saves Choking Infant's Life

Fast-Acting Deputy Saves Choking Infant's Life

Deputy Benjamin Kirkpatrick (right) at his swearing-in

The Orlando Sentinal via YellowBrix

June 23, 2011

POLK COUNTY, FL – A quick-thinking Polk County deputy was able to save the life of a young child by performing the Heimlich maneuver on Tuesday.

“This is just one example of how the jobs our deputies, and all first responders, do are priceless,” said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.

About 8:30 p.m., Deputy Benjamin Kirkpatrick, 35, responded to a 911 call in the 2500 block of Chestnut Woods Drive in Lakeland about a choking 10-month-old baby.

Kirkpatrick, who arrived at the scene before other emergency responders, saw that the child’s airway was blocked and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Several sunflower seeds that had been lodged in the child’s throat were dislodged by Kirkpatrick’s efforts, allowing the child to breathe again.

Kirkpatrick, who has been with the agency for a little more than two years, will receive a commendation for his actions, Judd said.

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