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Fife police officers receive department’s Lifesaving Award for helping save infant in April

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on June 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2013 1:02 pm

Two Fife police officers were honored at the Fife City Council meeting on Tuesday for efforts that saved a young life.

Officers Tobin Volkman and Jeff McNaughton of the Fife Police Department were awarded the Lifesaving Award for responding to a call dealing with an infant who stopped breathing, said city spokeswoman Laurel Potter.

The award is given to officers whose quick action and sound judgment result in saving a life, she said in an email Thursday.

When Volkman and McNaughton arrived at the scene on April 1, the baby was having extreme difficulty breathing and soon stopped breathing altogether, Potter said.

Both responding officers began rescue breathing on the infant using an airbag, and the baby soon recovered and was immediately transported to a hospital for medical treatment.

Potter said if it weren’t for Volkman and McNaughton, the infant could have died or suffered severe brain damage.

“These officers do a lot of work, and the public doesn’t always get to see the life saving efforts they do,” said Councilman Pat Hulcey, through the city email. “I congratulate them both on saving such a young life, it’s a big deal.”

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