Deputies Render Aid

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Patrol North District

Deputy Harry Harris
Age: 47
Date of Hire: 03/01/1999

Deputy Jim Miller
Age: 47
Date of Hire: 09/24/2001

Joseph William Hayes Leamer
DOB: 07/19/1957
Address: 3828 20th Street North, St. Petersburg

Two Pinellas deputies rendered CPR to a cyclist who collapsed on the Pinellas Trail, likely saving his life.

The incident occurred at about 4:19 p.m. on December 29, 2015.

The incident occurred at 3725 De Soto Boulevard on the Pinellas Trail north of Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor.

Deputy Harry Harris was alerted by a citizen that a male cyclist had collapsed on the trail while riding his bicycle.

According to deputies, the cyclist identified as 58-year-old Joseph William Hayes Leamer, had become disoriented, pulled his bike to the side of the trail in the grassy area, and collapsed.

Deputies Harris, and Deputy James Miller who was nearby, approached Hayes Leamer and began to render aid.  Deputy Harris took over chest compressions while Deputy Miller opened the patient’s airway.

The deputies continued CPR until Palm Harbor Fire Rescue arrived on scene.

Deputies say by the time emergency medical services arrived on scene, Hayes Leamer had already started to breath on his own. Paramedics stated the efforts of the two deputies likely saved Hayes Leamer’s life.

Hayes Leamer was transported to Florida Hospital of North Pinellas for treatment.

Posted by Wednesday, December 30, 2015 1:46:00 PM Categories: General News

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