Logansport (IN) Firefighters Recognized for Saving Baby’s Life

Outside of the Logansport Fire Department headquarters.
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Kristi Hileman

Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind.

(MCT)

Today, a baby is alive and doing well thanks to the fast action of three firefighters.

In recognition of their life-saving skills, Logansport Fire Chief Rick Bair offered a letter of commendation and a presentation of a CPR Save Bar for Cpt. Gary Chambers, Firefighter Justin Melton, and Probationary Firefighter Blake Gaylor at Wednesday’s Logansport Board of Public Works & Safety meeting.

According to Bair, on March 24, dispatch received a call that a 4-month-old infant was not breathing. Firefighters responded and immediately began CPR on the baby.

Officers with the Logansport Police Department arrived on scene first, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Ott. And when Melton arrived just a few seconds later, the officer handed the baby over to him so he could begin resuscitation techniques.

Melton, along with Chambers and Gaylor, continued CPR and suctioned fluids from the baby’s nose and mouth, Ott stated in his Letter of Commendation report. Firefighters also used a basic airway device and “began breathing for the baby by use of a Bag-Valve-Mask with a high flow of oxygen.”

Upon the arrival of EMS, “the baby had begun to show signs of life,” Ott said.

Bair added that the child was crying prior to the ambulance service arriving on scene. The infant was then transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital.

“It is my belief that if it weren’t for the quick and professional response provided by Cpt. Chambers … Melton … and Gaylor, the baby would not have survived,” Ott said. “I am proud of the dedication and patient care that I witnessed, and feel that these individuals should be recognized … for their actions.”

Mayor Chris Martin agreed, saying he is proud that the city has firefighters like these three who act fast and work hard to save lives.

Each firefighter was given a certificate and a CPR Save Bar.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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