Deputy Sheriff Jeff Mike
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Imagine receiving a 911 call from a panicked mother and having to ask “is the child breathing?” When the response is “[She’s] trying to cry right now and puking out [her] mouth and nose,” panic is prevalent.
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Mike, with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, happened to be filling out paperwork near the scene and found himself responding before the dispatcher finished giving details. On his way there, he was mentally preparing for the worst and walking through his action plan for when he arrived.
He pulled up to the car, which was on the exit ramp near Layton Avenue, and saw the mother standing with a limp infant in her arms. Jeff could see no movement and a dull blue color emerging on the 7-month old’s skin. The CPR mask was out before he put his squad in park and he began what he had learned in CPR training. Jeff moved to the hood of his car for easier access and continued to do CPR on the infant with chest thrusts and rescue breaths. The time seemed to drag on, but it was probably only a matter of minutes. Jeff was “in the zone” to help this infant, not even recognizing a fellow police officer approach the scene or thinking of what the outcome might be. The mother was frantic, but could recognize that Jeff was doing his job and trying to help. After what seemed like forever, the infant twitched a finger and clenched her fist and opened her eyes. She was resuscitated.
Almost instantaneously, the paramedics arrived on the scene, taking over and assisting the infant in breathing. After stepping back, the adrenaline started pumping and Jeff began to shake. His partner could recognize the shock setting in and suggested that Jeff sit down for a minute to collect himself. Jeff would soon come to terms with what had just happened. Working as a first responder, some go a full career without ever needing the skills provided and yearly re-certifications. There is a need and want to “be prepared for whatever may happen.” Jeff, getting a little teary eyed, couldn’t fathom losing one of his own children and feels that “the greatest moment that I will take away from this job is saving a 7-month old.”
You can further support the American Red Cross by attending the upcoming Brave Hearts: Heroes Among Us event on May 1st (tickets available HERE) or by taking a CPR/AED or First Aid courses to become better prepared (information HERE).
*Photo provided by Front Room Photography
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