Lifesaving awards presented in Summerdale

By Allison Woodham / allison@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 4/18/17

Two officers with the Summerdale Police Department and one resident were honored at the town council meeting on April 10, with lifesaving awards for two instances.

“It is a great honor to be …

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Lifesaving awards presented in Summerdale

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Two officers with the Summerdale Police Department and one resident were honored at the town council meeting on April 10, with lifesaving awards for two instances.

“It is a great honor to be able to recognize these individuals for their service to the community,” said Summerdale Police Chief James “Jimmy” Davis.

On March 16, John Souza and Officer Daniel Boutwell responded to a call to a person that was in distress; the person was not breathing.

“Mr. Souza and Officer Boutwell were able to get a pulse back and get the breathing back until the med unit got there,” Davis said. “That person was transported to South Baldwin and that person is alive today.”

Both men received a plaque and certificate, recognizing and thanking them for their CPR save.

A third lifesaving award went to Cpl. Vince Miller for an event on March 21.

At around 1 p.m. on March 21, Miller responded to a call in reference to a special needs toddler; the toddler stopped breathing.

“The toddler had a trach and apparently, the trach came out,” Davis explained. “The baby was suffocating on its own fluids.”

Miller was able to roll the baby over to its side and give the baby a pat on the back to get the fluid out, resuscitate the child alive until life flight came in with the paramedics. The baby is alive and well today.

“We are trained in all sorts of training,” Davis explained, “but we’re small in numbers. it’s great when we can work together with the community, and that’s what it’s all about.”