Congratulations to Jerry Polk for being selected the Florida Highway Patrol Civilian Employee of the Quarter, April through June 2012.
On Sunday, April 8, 2012 while visiting his daughter, Polk’s granddaughter ran into the house yelling for someone to call 911. Polk headed to the swimming pool area where he found a two year old child not breathing, unresponsive and turning blue. Polk began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and noticed immediate resistance while trying to deliver rescue breathes. Polk then turned the child over and gave her four back blows with the back of his hand to dislodged what he had determined was an airway obstruction. When he delivered the next breathe he could feel and see her chest rise. Polk continued CPR until the child regained consciousness.
The Seminole County fire and Sheriff’s Departments arrived and transported the child to the hospital. The child has recovered.
Without Polk’s quick response and decisive action, there could have been grave consequences to the incident. Polk is to be commended for his actions during this incident.