Spokane County Deputy Saves Toddler - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane County Deputy Saves Toddler

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASEE FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE: The life of a 16-month-old child might have been saved by the actions of a sheriff's deputy who responded to a medical call of a child who was reportedly not breathing.

On Saturday, Deputy Philip Pfeifer was headed to a sheriff's call for service when he heard the medics call dispatched about 7:25 p.m.  He told dispatchers to preempt him from the call he had been assigned and headed for the "child not breathing" in the 4900 block of East Upriver Drive.

 He arrived within two minutes and contacted the mother and her daughter.  The child had bluish lips, no respirations and no sign of consciousness.  The deputy opened the child's eyelids and noted they were rolled back until only the whites showed.

Learning the mother had left the child with an animal cookie, Pfeifer moved the child's head and neck so he could examine the airway and perform a finger sweep if necessary.

When he repositioned the 16-month old, the little girl began breathing again.  The deputy maintained watch over the child until he was relieved by paramedics.

Contacted the following day, the mother credited Deputy Pfeifer's quick actions for potentially saving her daughter's life.

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