Off-duty Bedford Co. deputy brought unresponsive child, pulled from SML, back to life


    Smith Mountain Lake State Park (Virginia State Parks)

    BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) -- A one-year-old is alive after the Bedford County Sheriff's Office said an off-duty deputy saved the child's life.

    The sheriff's office said they got several 911 calls on Sunday, August 5 from individuals who said they were at Smith Mountain Lake State Park Bench and small child had been removed from the water, who was unresponsive and not breathing.

    As emergency crews were dispatched and responding, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Sonny Daniels, who was at the State Park and off duty, heard a woman screaming and carrying a small child out of the water.

    Cpl. Daniels immediately took the child and started performing CPR.

    Through his efforts, the sheriff's office said the child responded and began coughing, crying, and breathing on his own.

    The one-year-old was taken to the hospital and released on Monday.

    Sheriff Mike Brown said he is presenting Cpl. Daniels and three other sheriff's deputies with the Office’s Life Saving Award in the near future.

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