Sheriff Recognizes Canaveral District Deputies For Incredible Teamwork, Life Saving Action
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // March 23, 2016
three honored as Deputy of the Month
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – During the month of January Corporal Kelly Dobson, Deputy John Vaughn and Deputy Joseph Jenkins Jr. responded to an address in Cocoa Beach, in reference to a 51-year old man who was not breathing.
While enroute, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center advised that CPR instructions were being given to the victim’s son, who was going to attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Deputy Jenkins arrived on scene and located the victim lying on the floor of the master bedroom, with the victim’s son attempting to do chest compressions.
Deputy Jenkins quickly took over and assessed the situation. He discovered that the victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The victim’s skin was a gray tone and his eyes were set. Deputy Jenkins immediately began administering the first round of CPR.
Deputy Vaughn, who had just arrived on scene, began setting up his agency issued Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to evaluate whether the victim met the criteria for usage.
The first AED electrical shock was then given and the patient was reassessed. Deputy Jenkins continued several more rounds of CPR, before passing the compressions to Deputy Vaughn who then continued CPR for several more minutes before the AED analyzed the victim’s condition and administered a second electrical shock.
Corporal Dobson then took over chest compressions for several more minutes before a third AED electrical shock was administered.
Brevard County Fire/Rescue (BCFR) subsequently arrived and began medically treating the victim for several more minutes before determining that the victim’s pulse was now present. The victim was then transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital for more advanced medical attention.
A subsequent check of his status found that the victim had a sustainable heart beat but was being assisted mechanically with his breathing.
Ultimately, the Deputies on scene administered at least 14 rounds of chest compressions and 3 AED shocks to the victim, providing him with the care necessary to sustain his life until BCFR could arrive on scene and take over. If it were not for the actions of the Deputies, the victim would most likely have expired at the scene.
During this life-threatening incident, the Deputies displayed great teamwork in administrating life-saving intervention techniques.
The victim was not breathing, was without a discernible pulse, and would have had to wait for several more minutes pending the arrival of Fire Rescue if Deputies had not begun Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation techniques.
I personally could not be more proud of the actions of Corporal Kelly Dobson, Deputy John Vaughn, and Deputy Joseph Jenkins Jr. for their incredible teamwork and life saving actions. Please join me in congratulating them for being named Deputies of the Month for our Canaveral Precinct.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.