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Polk County deputy saves choking baby
Polk County deputy saves choking baby

Lakeland, FL -- A Polk County Sheriff's deputy had a great day at the office Tuesday when he saved a 10-month-old baby from choking to death.

According to the sheriff's office, around 8:30 p.m. on June 21, 35-year-old Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Kirkpatrick responded to a call on Chestnut Woods Drive in Lakeland to assist Polk County Fire and EMS.

Kirkpatrick was the first to arrive at the home to find a baby boy in his mother's arms choking and unable to breathe. Kirkpatrick took the baby, saw his airway was completely blocked and began to perform the Heimlich to remove the obstruction.

After several attempts, the sunflower seeds that were lodged in the baby's throat were dislodged and the baby began breathing again.

When EMS arrived, they stabilized the baby and took him to Lakeland Regional Medical Center as a precaution.

“Law enforcement officers, Fire, and EMS personnel perform actions like this on a daily basis that often go unnoticed and without thanks,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a release. “In this incident, what could have been an unthinkable tragedy instead is an inspirational story. Deputy Sheriff Kirkpatrick will receive a commendation for his actions, but I know that his real reward is returning a happy healthy baby back to his family. This is just one example of how the jobs our deputies, and all first responders, do are priceless.”

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