NCSO deputy gives CPR, re­stores heart­beat to drowned boy

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

A New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputy may have saved the life of a mi­nor who was not breath­ing after drown­ing.

NCSO Deputy Joseph Light­sey re­sponded to a call in ref­er­ence to a drown­ing at 40 Spring Val­ley Trace in Cov­ing­ton on Sept. 1 at 3:51 p.m. When he ar­rived at 3:54 p.m., the child’s grand­mother came to the front door, and Light­sey saw the child ly­ing on the “front walk of the res­i­dence,” ac­cord­ing to the NCSO in­ci­dent re­port.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in a swimming pool of an un­re­ported size in the front yard, ac­cord­ing to NCSO Sgt. Cort­ney Mor­ri­son.

Light­sey checked the drown­ing vic­tim for any signs of life and con­cluded he was un­con­scious, not breath­ing and did not have a heart­beat, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. He be­gan con­duct­ing CPR by do­ing chest com­pres­sions and “heard him mum­ble a sound” after sev­eral at­tempts.

He stated in the re­port he could then see the child be­gan to breathe again but re­mained un­con­scious and had a “very good heart beat.” He could hear there was still wa­ter in the boy’s lungs, so Light­sey sat him up, pat­ting him on his back in an at­tempt to get him to spit out the wa­ter.

At that point, the re­port states, EMS ar­rived, and Light­sey in­structed fam­ily mem­bers to stand back so medics could have room to help the boy. Medics trans­ferred him to the back of the EMS unit and in­formed Light­sey the boy would be air­lifted to Chil­dren’s at Scot­tish Rite hos­pi­tal in At­lanta.

Sgt. Mor­ri­son said the case was turned over to CID to make sure no foul play was in­volved in the in­ci­dent, but “at this time, it ap­pears to be an ac­ci­dent.”

She was un­able to con­firm or deny the boy is alive, but she did con­firm he was alive when EMS per­son­nel trans­ported him from the scene.

Man sub­dued by Taser

After a call con­cern­ing an in­tox­i­cated male rid­ing his bi­cy­cle into a trash can, po­lice of­fi­cers had to sub­due the sus­pect by de­ploy­ing a Taser.

The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment re­sponded to a sus­pi­cious call on Emory Street near West Street around 7:15 p.m. Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the man, iden­ti­fied as Reynaldo Cruz, was lay­ing on the ground next to a garbage can that was knocked over, and a bike was sit­ting next to him. Cruz, re­port­edly, had a few scrapes on his head that where still bleed­ing.

He told of­fi­cers, who re­port­edly smelled the odor of al­co­holic bev­er­age on him, that he was just try­ing to get home and handed them his Ge­or­gia Prison ID card as iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Cruz was on pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

After Cruz stood up, while his ci­ta­tion was be­ing writ­ten, an of­fi­cer in­formed him to sit back down. Cruz pro­ceeded to sit down, and then, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, stood back up and be­gan to run.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the of­fi­cer did not want to tackle Cruz due to the blood and de­ployed a Taser. The prongs struck Cruz in the up­per back near his right shoul­der blade, and he fell on the grass.

Cruz was hand­cuffed and charged with pub­lic in­tox­i­ca­tion and ob­struc­tion.

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