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Firefighters, paramedics recognized for saving 2-month-old baby found unresponsive in Barrington

Firefighter/paramedics Beau Sanchez, Ben Oros and Andrew Teuber, Assistant Chief Bruce Peterson, and Lieutenant Mike Brown (from left to right) | Photo: Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System.

Firefighters and paramedics in Barrington are being recognized for saving a two-month-old baby that was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

The Barrington Fire Department and the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District responded to a call of an unconscious infant earlier in November.

The Northwest Community EMS System said that two Barrington police officers and Barrington Fire Department Assistant Chief Bruce Peterson were first on the scene and found an unresponsive two-month-old baby who was not breathing and had no pulse.

One of the police officers began CPR and Peterson took over chest compressions. The baby, who had no past medical history and was not recently sick, was brought to an ambulance where chest compressions and assisted breathing continued with the assistance of firefighter/paramedics Andrew Teuber, Beau Sanchez, Ben Oros, and Lieutenant Mike Brown.

The mother of the baby told first responders that the child began crying and then went limp in her arms before it stopped breathing.

Paramedics used a defibrillator, which restores a normal heartbeat by sending an electric shock to the heart, on the baby, who then quickly regained a pulse.

The ambulance transported the baby to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. The infant was beginning to breathe on its own after arriving at the hospital.

“Congratulations to all involved on this call. Great teamwork,” the Northwest Community EMS System said.


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