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Surf City officer humble after helping save boy's life


SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) -- Two police officers are credited with helping to save a child's life after he fell from a balcony this weekend.

First responders say when they arrived on the scene the child was unresponsive and in cardiac arrest.

"When we arrived at the scene, the parents were over the child. It was apparent to me that the child was in cardiac arrest at that time," said Sgt.Phillip Voorhees of the Surf City Police Department.

Sgt. Voorhees has been on the police force in Surf City for more than seven years. He says he has never experienced anything like this.

Saturday evening a 4-year-old boy fell off of a balcony at a home on Windjammer Drive in Surf City. Sgt. Voorhees says in situations like this training kicks in.

"Ofc. (Evelyn) Campos and I immediately ascertained the situation and knew we had to begin CPR immediately," Voorhees said. "I instructed Ofc. Campos to start chest compressions."

Sgt. Voorhees says he monitored the boy's vitals signs and breathing. After about a minute or so he felt the child take a deep breath. He says the child's breathing was labored, and he was in a great deal of pain.

EMS arrived a short time later and took the boy to a hospital.

Sgt. Voorhees says the scene on saturday was chaotic, but when asked whether he considers himself a hero, he was humble.

"It's part of my job," Voorhees said. "It's what I do."

Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead says the 4-year-old boy is still in intensive care at a Chapel Hill hospital.

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