CPR directed over the phone by dispatcher helped save a toddler's life

From: First Coast News

A Flagler County Sheriff's Communications Specialist helped a grandmother save her grandchild's life.

After walking a way to answer a phone call, a grandmother finds her 3-year-old grandchild not breathing after being pulled from the pool by another child,  according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office press release.

The grandmother called the emergency line and was instructed by Communications Specialist Genice Caccavale to perform CPR. According to the release, the child was breathing by the time emergency officials arrived to the home.

The child had been underwater for approximately 10 seconds before being pulled from the pool, according to the grandmother.

Doctors say the child made a full recovery and has been released from Wolfson Children's Hospital.

"This could have been a tragic incident, but due to the professional training of CS Caccavale, a life was saved this weekend," said Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre. "The child's grandmother has expressed her appreciation. She told deputies that if it had not been for the dispatcher who answered the call, she would not have been able to save her granddaughter."

CS Caccavale has been with the Sheriff's Office's Communications Division since 2002, the release detailed.


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