Columbus County deputies save life of choking 1-month-old baby

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Deputy saves choking newborn in Tabor City. (Photo: CCSO)

TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) — Two deputies are being praised for saving a choking newborn on the side of the road in Tabor City.

According to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Devalle and Sgt. Floyd, whom the department identified only by their last names, were patrolling in Tabor City on Tuesday when two vehicles stopped nearby. Several people then got out of the cars, including someone who was carrying an unresponsive 1-month-old baby.

Deputy saves choking newborn in Tabor City. (Photo: CCSO)
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After learning that the baby was choking, Devalle and Floyd sprang into action and “immediately began administering back blows to clear the infant’s airway.” The newborn soon began breathing again and was examined at a local hospital.

On Wednesday, Devalle and Floyd went to the family’s home and visited the baby, who “is doing great,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

“If it wasn’t for Deputy Devalle and Sgt. Floyd’s quick, lifesaving measures, this incident may have been tragically different,” read the post, which also praised the family for seeking help right away.



“Real heroes don’t wear capes,” the department added. “We are lucky to have these two gentlemen as part of our family.”