Firefighters credited for saving 2-month old boy after he stops breathing
The family of a Whitfield County infant is celebrating his life and thanking the firefighters who saved him.
The family of a Whitfield County infant is celebrating his life and thanking the firefighters who saved him. Earlier this month the baby stopped breathing. Firefighters responded and revived the two-month old. Now those first responders are being honored.
Three Dalton Firefighters were honored this week for their life saving work. They said they were just doing their jobs, but the family said if it wasn't for them baby Jax wouldn't be here.
Misty Franks relives the moment she saw her two-month -old cousin, Jax, turn blue. She rushed to try and clear his airways before calling 911. “His momma' just got through feeding him and laid him down, to feed her. She looked over and he was blue, blue,” said Franks.
Within minutes firefighters with the Dalton Fire Department were at their door ready to save the baby's life. “When you hear it is an infant not breathing, your energy automatically goes up,” said Dalton Firefighter Brandon Glass.
Brandon Glass and Jason Suddeth were first on the scene. Suddeth immediately began CPR. “Our training, just our job. Do what I know to do,” said Suddeth.
Dale Stratton then took over. He began CPR and used a ventilator to help the baby breathe again. “The baby is not breathing, and you are holding your breath with that. It is very emotional when that baby took its first breath. Knew you were in the clear, on our way to a positive outcome,” said Dale Stratton, a paramedic with the department.
They said after four minutes of working on young Jax he took a breath and let out a scream. “It's what we want. We want him to be crying. When he started crying I knew we were going in the right direction,” said Suddeth.
The men were honored by their department for the rescue. Franks said Jax wouldn't be here if it wasn't for their fast actions. “Thank you, y’all, and to the man above. Wouldn't be no baby Jax here today,” said Franks.
The firefighters don't want any credit saying what most heroes do, "They were just doing their job."
“Anyone of the guys they would have done the same thing,” said Glass.
“That's what we do, it’s our job,” agreed Stratton.
“Blessed to be able to do it and provide that patient care. It's just something we do, it's a great job,” said Suddeth.
Baby Jax is still at Children's Hospital. The family said a hole in his heart is to blame for him not breathing. Once he can breathe on his own, he will be released- but he will require open heart surgery.