SUN VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - A Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy whose quick response to the call of a drowned toddler has been recognized for saving the boy's life. The honor was bestowed by Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Chief Charlie Moore in front of the Board of Fire Commissioners Tuesday morning.
Deputies were dispatched to the call on 8th Avenue in Sun Valley about 1PM September 11, 2017. WCSO says Deputy Natasha Rickey was in the area and arrived within 35 seconds.
Deputy Rickey began life-saving measures on a one-year-old boy who had been found unresponsive in a bathtub. Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and REMSA crews arrived moments later. The boy regained consciousness on the way to a hospital.
The boy was released from the hospital later that week.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District rescue personnel praised the deputy’s actions as having a direct impact on saving the life of the boy.
“In a cardiac arrest, seconds count,” Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charlie Moore said. “I am very pleased with the quick response from Deputy Rickey and her ability to administer CPR in an effective way – and for Truckee Meadows Fire paramedics and REMSA paramedics who all played a vital role in this emergency, bringing it to a lifesaving conclusion.”
Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen said this incident was about much more than being in the right place at the right time.
“It is about having the right training and the right skills, along with the clarity of mission to be able to use them effectively when a child’s life is on the line. It is about professionalism and compassion,” Sheriff Allen said. “Actions like this define what it means to be a Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy.”