NCSO deputy gives CPR, restores heartbeat to drowned boy
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.