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Lifeguards, first-responders honored for saving baby at Lake Delta

Posted 8/23/22

Four lifeguards and several area first responders were honored at Lake Delta State Park on Monday for saving the life of an unresponsive 11-month-old child this summer, according to the …

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Lifeguards, first-responders honored for saving baby at Lake Delta

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WESTERN — Four lifeguards and several area first responders were honored at Lake Delta State Park on Monday for saving the life of an unresponsive 11-month-old child this summer, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said the infant became unresponsive at the Lake Delta park on July 5, and four young lifeguards from the state park and rescue personnel with the Western Fire Department responded. CPR was performed on the infant, and a pulse was finally felt on the 15th cycle.

Rescue breaths were continued while the child was moved to an AmCare Ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital, officials said. The child made a full recovery at the hospital, and those involved in the rescue efforts were honored on Monday for saving the child’s life.

From Delta Lake State Park: Park Manager Joe Morisette and lifeguards Olivia Smith, Michael Corr, Gavin Civitelli and Dennis VanHoesel were honored.

From the Western Fire Department: Chief Michael Anania, Peter Grocholski, Christine Anderson, Peter Giesse, Stephanie Grocholski, Yvonne Lenaghen, Phil Spoor, and Garry Reese.

From AmCare Ambulance: President Paul Taylor, Cassidy Giaba and Missy Norrs.

The honorees each received a paper Life Saving Award certificate from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

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