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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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    Gombino

    about 3 years ago

    2658 Comments

    Super job Deputy. Thanks.

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    about 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Awesome Deputy Kirkpatrick, Hats off to ya!

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    IowaNinersFan

    about 3 years ago

    22000 Comments

    Great job Deputy Kirkpatrick. Two thumbs up!!!

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    about 3 years ago

    3110 Comments

    Awesome!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Excellent job Deputy Benjamin Kirkpatrick.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    SUPER job Deputy Kirkpatrick. You deserve a million commendations for saving this baby.

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    Collegecop_WA

    about 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Well done Deputy Kirkpatrick! You are a credit to your profession sir!

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    AZKATE

    about 3 years ago

    102 Comments

    Great Job!

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50890 Comments

    Great job brother.

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    OlympicJoy

    about 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Bravo!

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    95Zcar

    about 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Nicely done

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    Bury

    about 3 years ago

    1342 Comments

    Well done!!

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    AKangel

    about 3 years ago

    4972 Comments

    OUTSTANDING! and glad to see this made the news...

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    alex11991

    about 3 years ago

    1978 Comments

    Awesome!

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    NBTPD168

    about 3 years ago

    260 Comments

    Aces!

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