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Wagoner County Deputies resuscitate juvenile after drowning


On 6-18-22 at approximately 1846 hours Wagoner County Deputies M. King and J. Lambert were dispatched to the Wahoo Bay campground in reference to a possible drowning. 

Deputy King and Deputy Lambert arrived within 2 minutes of the initial call.  They were the first to arrive on scene and observed individuals in the campground pointing both deputies to the far east end of the campground. When Deputy King arrived at the scene, he observed 4 people standing at the edge of the water with a small child laying on their back. The child was still halfway in the water along with mother and stepfather. Deputy King arrived first and ran down to the water to assist the child.  Deputy King was advised that the child had been unconscious for 5 minutes. 

Deputy King immediately rolled the child on their side, checked the mouth for any obstructions, and started back pats. The child started to spit up fluids and vomit almost immediately.  Deputy King continued back pats and with every strike to the child's back they would spit up more water.  Deputy King moved the child out of the water and continued back pats until the child took a deep breath.

A short time later, Deputy King moved the child up to the roadway where first responders would meet them. Lt A. Hull responded to the scene to assist Deputy King and Deputy Lambert.  Okay Fire Department and Wagoner EMS arrived approximately 8 minutes after Deputy King arrived on scene and started providing medical attention to the child. Wagoner County Deputies and Okay Fire proceeded to Sequoyah Bay State Park to set up a landing zone for Tulsa Life Flight. The child was transported by Life Flight to a Tulsa area hospital where the child is currently recovering from their injuries. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrived a short time later and took over the investigation.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott stated "I am extremely proud of my deputies actions and response to this incident.  The deputies were on scene very quickly and started medical attention almost immediately.  The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office is beyond grateful that the fast response by all agencies resulted in the life of a young child being saved from a drowning.  Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family for a speedy recovery of the child."

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