Efforts to save child recognizedNovember 2nd, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
Several members of the Albuquerque police and fire departments were recognized Friday for their attempt to save an unconscious and unresponsive child.
While their best efforts ultimately proved to be unsuccessful, their rapid response and professionalism earned them Heroes of the Week honors from the office of Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry.
The mayor’s office issued this statement describing what happened:
Earlier this month 911 received a frantic call stating that a 17 month old child was found unconscious and not breathing. As soon as they heard this call Sergeant David Baca, Officers Benito Aragon, and Richard Whitten responded to the home. They were directed to the living room and found the child lying on the floor unresponsive and not moving.
Knowing that AFD Engine and Rescue 12 were on their way Officers Aragon and Whitten started administering CPR until the rescue crews arrived. When AFD got to the home, they took over the efforts of saving this young child and got the child into the ambulance for emergency transportation to UNMH.
Detective Jodi Gonterman rushed to UNMH to assist with status updates on the child’s condition. In the meantime Detective Glenn St. Onge responded to UNMH as well to take over the investigation. Upon his arrival the child was breathing and in the pediatric unit at UNMH.
Unfortunately, despite everyone’s efforts the child did not survive. While this situation does not have a happy ending, the Officers and Firefighters who responded did still perform heroic actions. Their attempt to save this infant showcases their ability to seamlessly work together in an effort to create the best possible outcomes. This incident can also serve as an example of the Public Safety divisions’ dedication to the lives of every citizen from children to the elderly.