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Rookie Cop Saves Life Of One-Year-Old

Rookie Cop Saves Life Of One-Year-Old

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Associated Press

June 29, 2011

TEMPLE – Sunday, at about 10:00 a.m., new Police Officer Jacob Tatum was on patrol, on his third day on the job, with his Field Training Officer, Jason Gilpin.

At that time, dispatch advised officers by radio of a life-endangering incident at Wildflower Villas Apartments, 5227 West Adams Avenue. Officers Tatum and Gilpin were already at the apartment complex on an unrelated matter, and heard the radio call. The initial information did not include an apartment or building number, but the officers were able to locate the incident through the audible commotion created.

Upon running to the apartment, Officers found a one-year-old child choking on a hair barrette, and not breathing. Through quick thinking and a reliance on his training, Officer Tatum was able to dislodge the barrette, and the child began breathing. Scott and White EMS, and Temple Fire & Rescue, arrived a short time later.

The child was then taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she was treated, and later released.

Every second counts in an emergency such as this one. The quick actions of the new officer saved this young girl’s life, and the Temple Police Department commends him for a job well done.


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