Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Greg Smith Saves Medically Distressed 2-Year-Old Child
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 15, 2017
CHILD NOW FULLY RECOVERED
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Greg Smith was heading home last Thursday along State Road 528 when he was flagged down by two females who were stopped on the side of the roadway.
After stopping to assist what he first thought was a disabled vehicle, Sgt. Smith immediately learned that a small child had stopped breathing as the family was heading home from the beach.
He immediately assessed the child’s condition and determined that the child was incoherent and had in fact stopped breathing.
Sgt. Smith quickly radioed for Brevard County Fire Rescue to respond and began administering rescue breaths to the 2-year-old child, who appeared to have heat exhaustion or a stroke.
As the child appeared to start breathing again, Sgt. Smith lightly poured water over the child in an attempt to lower the child’s body temperature while awaiting the arrival of Fire Rescue.
Members of Brevard County Fire Rescue Station 44 subsequently arrived on scene and took over the first aid efforts that had been initiated by Sgt. Smith.
The child was transported to Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge where the medical team assumed care for the patient. Earlier this afternoon I had the chance to speak with the Grandmother and family who are visiting our area from Kansas City.
She was extremely thankful for Sgt. Smith’s and the other first responders quick actions in saving her Grandchild’s life. The child is fully recovered from what doctors believe was heat exhaustion and is enjoying the rest of their vacation on the Space Coast.
In fact the family even sent us a picture of him catching up on playtime today after yesterday’s close call.
I tell people every day that I am surrounded by an amazing team that do amazing things to protect our community. Sgt. Smith’s actions are a shining example of why that statement is so true. Great job Greg!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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