Location: Park Road and Court Avenue

Incident Date: 09/11/2015

Case Number: 15-11425

Victim: 2-year-old boy

City: Pixley

Posted by: Media Relations

Early Friday, Deputies Bryan De Haan and Marc Terrenos responded to a report of a 2-year-old boy who was not breathing in Pixley. 

As they rushed to the boy’s home just after 3:20 a.m., his frantic parents flagged them down from their vehicle on the corner of Park Road and Court Avenue in Pixley. 

De Haan said he jumped out of the patrol car and saw a lifeless child in his mother’s arms. She handed the boy to him. He checked for a pulse but was unable to locate one.

He placed the boy on his right arm with his head facing down and began giving back blows. On the fifth strike, the boy let out a little cough. He turned the boy over and found a faint pulse, De Haan said.

Terrenos checked the boy’s airway and monitored his pulse. The boy regained consciousness and started to cry. 

His parents were so happy they both cried.

“I was excited and pumped,” De Haan said.

Since he started working as a deputy in January, saving the boy has been his most exciting assignment, he said.

“This is the reason I do what I do,” he said. “I went into law enforcement to make a difference in the community. 

Just two days before, De Haan had taken a class in CPR.  He said he didn’t think he would get to put it into practice so quickly.

“It definitely surprised me,” he said.

While the boy’s parents were frantic, De Haan and Terronos maintained a calm, professional demeanor. 

“In certain situations, I just naturally stay calm,” De Haan said.

The boy was transported by ambulance to Delano Regional Medical Center for observation. From there, he was transported to Valley Children’s Hospital where he was released later Friday afternoon in good condition, said Lt. Mark Gist.