Sheriff’s Sergeant Saves Unconscious Infant's Life

A sergeant performed CPR on the infant and was able help the boy regain consciousness.

A county Sheriff’s sergeant and two deputies saved the life of a 1-year-old infant who had stopped breathing Sunday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Lieutenant Larry Schumaker.

A call came into the San Mateo County Sheriff’s dispatch center from a frantic mother saying that her baby, Antonio, was unconscious and not breathing, Schumaker said.

Sergeat Al Elzey was patrolling the area just four blocks away from a home on the 2900 block of Fair Oaks Avenueand was the first on scene.

“The parents ran out of the house and literally handed off the baby to him,” Schumaker said.

Using his regularly administered first aid and CPR training, Elzey noticed that something was lodged in the infant’s throat. Rather than performing the Heimlich maneuver—which is meant for adults--, the sergeant turned the baby over and gave it some quick, sharp pats on the back.

Whatever was lodged in the boy’s throat was freed and the baby regained consciousness.

Deputy Gaby Chaghouri subsequently arrived on scene and did a finger sweep of the baby’s mouth to ensure that nothing else was blocking its throat. Paramedic Frank dal Porto also arrived and transported the baby to a local hospital.

Doctors and paramedics theorize that the baby had a high fever causing a seizure and lodging the baby’s tongue back in his throat, Schumaker said.

“The parents were very appreciative and initially had no idea what to do [with their choking infant],” Schumaker said.

“We’re heroes every day,” Schumaker said. “But this was truly a day where [Elzey] got to show that he is a hero.”


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Katryna Anderson July 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM
What a wonderful blessing to save the life of another! Everyone should get trained www.sts-cpr.com
Sarah H. July 18, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Many kudos to Sergeant Elzey, Deputy Chaghouri and Paramedic dal Porto!
Keith Blackey July 18, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Saving a life is a wonderful legacy and we are lucky to have people like Sergeant Elzey, Deputy Chaghouri and Paramedic dal Porto serving our community. One thing confuses me about the article; The subtitle reads "performed CPR" but the article reads "gave it some quick, sharp pats on the back". However it was done, thanks again to three wonderful people!
COH July 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
COH July 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I hope the parents now take a course in emergency care. These are things EVERY parent should know!


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