Deputy, dispatcher recognized for saving the life of 2-year-old boy

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 at 8:46 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM EDT
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COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Colleton County deputy and a Walterboro police dispatcher were recognized during a ceremony for saving the life of a 2-year-old child.

Deputy William Tindal and Dispatcher Emily Anastasio were given awards by Sheriff R.A. Strickland and Chief Wade Marvin.

"You are commended for your actions in the line of duty that resulted in the preservation of life," said Sheriff Strickland."I commend your actions and thank you for your service to the citizens of Colleton County."

"As a parent I could never imagine the fear I would feel in this type of situation," said Chief Marvin."We are so thankful to have such a great team of Dispatchers and Officers that are highly trained to handle this type of situation. Everyone involved had the same goal, to save the child. There could not have been a greater outcome than this."

On Monday afternoon, a call was made to the Colleton County Dispatch Center which Anastasio answered.

"A frantic and crying mother was on the line telling her that her two year old son was found unresponsive in the swimming pool," authorities say."The mother stated the child wandered into the back yard as she was closing a front gate."

According to authorities, the mother reported the child was in the pool for about 3 minutes.

"Anastasio was able to bring calm to the frantic mother and assist a family member in starting CPR," officials say."Anastasio was able to dispatch units to the scene."

Deputy Tindal answered the call, and within minutes, was on scene.

The sheriff's office says Tindal found the child was not able to breathe, and was able to determine the air was obstructed and began clearing the airway.

"Tindall was able to clear the airway and provide rescue breaths to the infant," officials say."The child was resuscitated and arriving medical personnel were able to take over the scene."

Deputy Tindal has been employed with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office since 2014.

Dispatcher Anastasio has been with Walterboro police since November 2013 as a part time Dispatcher and became a full time Dispatcher in January 2015.

The sheriff's office says Anastasio was certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher which allowed her to be able to give out CPR instructions.

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