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Summit County Sheriff’s deputy saves infant by performing CPR

A Summit County Sheriff’s deputy is being credited with saving the life of a Snyderville Basin infant who stopped breathing last week.

Sergeant Ed Wilde has been named the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month for June and is being recognized for his efforts in resuscitating a one-year-old girl after she stopped breathing following a seizure.

Sergeant Ron Bridge, with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, said Wilde was the watch commander who arrived first on scene. Bridge said as soon as he got out of his vehicle, he was handed "this infant child who was blue and not breathing."

"He immediately began CPR and attempting to resuscitate the child," Bridge said. "He literally saved this child’s life by giving life-saving efforts."

Dispatch received a call from the parents of the girl on the night of May 20 reporting that their daughter had stopped breathing. The parents reportedly told dispatch that they would take their daughter to the hospital in their own car and would meet the ambulance on the way.

According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office call logs, deputies were en route to the Silver Creek area to assist the Park City Fire District when Wilde met the family on the side of the road.

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Wilde immediately had an "unresponsive blue-colored infant thrust into his arms by a panicked father," Summit County Sheriff Justin Martinez said in a statement.

"Sergeant Wilde was able to establish an airway and get the infant to begin breathing," Martinez said. "He not only effectively preformed lifesaving efforts on the child, he also coordinated with his platoon to establish landing zone, prepared for the infant to be transported, and worked to calm and console the panicked family in their time of crisis."

Bridge said no further information was available about the condition of the child.