Child, 6, saved from drowning death by citizen bystander using CPR

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:56 p.m.




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Just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, personnel from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, American Medical Response and Clackamas Fire District #1 were dispatched to a report of a 6-year-old drowning victim at the Greenleaf Monterey Apartments, located at 8640 SE Causey Ave. in unincorporated Happy Valley.

The victim was described as unconscious, unresponsive and not breathing, and that a bystander was performing CPR on the victim.

Upon arrival, first responders found the 6-year-old victim, alert and breathing in the apartment's recreation-center pool area. The bystander, Domiteala Galvez, had found the girl motionless at the bottom of the deep end of the pool. Galvez had removed the child from the water and performed rescue breaths until the child regained consciousness.

The child was at the pool with her cousins and had been properly supervised. The juvenile was transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She is in good condition at this writer.

Domiteala said she was trained in CPR, and her training just took over.

The Sheriff's Office reminds everyone to keep a close eye on others around water and to get trained in CPR -- it could save a life, as it did in this incident.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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