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12-188 Pinellas County Deputies Revive Three Year Old Drowning Victim

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau

Victim:
Cayden Gagnon – DOB 9/02/2008
2480 Cypress Pond Rd #2508, Palm Harbor, FL.

Deputies:
Deputy James Piper – Hire date 6/21/82

Deputy Regina Tsanakaliotis – Hire date 9/21/98

Fire Rescue
-Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

What:  Pinellas County Deputies responded to a Palm Harbor apartment complex late this afternoon and revived a 3-year-old drowning victim.

The child is currently at a local hospital in stable condition.

Where:  Cypress Pond Apartments
2480 Cypress Pond Road
Palm Harbor, FL.

When:  Deputies responded at approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon (8/8/12).

How/Why:

Pinellas County Deputies responded to a Palm Harbor apartment complex late this afternoon and revived a 3-year-old drowning victim.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. this afternoon Pinellas County Deputy Sheriffs Regina Tsanakaliotis and James Piper responded to 2480 Cypress Pond Road in Palm Harbor.  While at this location on a separate matter they became aware of the distressed child in the apartment complexes pool area.  Both deputies hurried to the scene where they discovered the unresponsive child lying near the shallow end of the pool.

Bystanders are reported to have given the child CPR with no success.

Immediately upon their arrival Deputies Tsanakaliotis and Piper turned the child on his side and delivered several life saving thrusts to his back.  These actions caused the child to cough up what he was apparently choking on and start breathing again.

Deputies stood by with the child until Palm Harbor Fire Rescue arrived on scene.

Bayflight eventually transported the child to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

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