Bystander, off-duty deputy save child – News – Northwest Florida Daily News

The 4-year-old girl was celebrating her birthday Sunday at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach when she was pulled unresponsive from a pool.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The quick reaction of a bystander and an off-duty Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) deputy saved the life of a 4-year-old child celebrating her birthday Sunday at Frank Brown Park.


Cpl. Jeff Haire was enjoying a day with his family at the Aquatic Center at Frank Brown Park when he saw a man carrying a young child in his arms as he climbed out of the shallow end of the pool. The man was calling for help, according to a BCSO news release.


The man told Haire he had pulled the little girl from the bottom of the pool. He believed she may have been underwater a few minutes.


Haire checked for a pulse but did not get one on the child, so he began CPR with the assistance of the lifeguards on duty.


The third time Haire checked for a pulse, he felt a faint one. Shortly after the child began to cry. A witness to the life-saving efforts later told Haire the entire incident lasted about 60 seconds.


Haire picked up the child to run her out of the pool area and toward responding emergency medical personnel. He was met at the gate by distraught family members.


The child later was identified as 4-year-old Davieonna Howard, BCSO reported. The family told Haire they were at the pool Sunday to celebrate Davieonna’s fourth birthday. The child, alert and crying, was taken to a local hospital, where she remains in good condition.


“Cpl. Haire’s response is an excellent example of the level of training at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the commitment to serve our deputies have to this community,” Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said. “I am proud of Cpl. Haire and his quick response to prevent what could have been a tragedy. And very happy for this family who will remember that day as a one for miracles and not…

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