Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials were recognized Tuesday morning for saving the life of a 2-year-old drowning victim in Castaic last month.
Supervisor Michael Antonovich presented the scrolls during the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.
“Today, we were proud to recognize our County’s Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters whose decisive action saved the life of a 2-year-old girl in Castaic,” Antonovich said.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies Jason Goedecke and Christine Shaffer were the first to arrive at the scene of a 2-year-old who drowned. Shaffer immediately began rendering emergency aid to the child while Goedecke flagged down the LACoFD officials and controlled radio traffic.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Park Bureau Deputies Charles Weathers and Matthew Burnett helped give the little girl rescue breaths until she was conscious and breathing. The little girl was airlifted to the hospital.
The girl was released from the hospital with no brain damage as a result of the near drowning.
“A lot of what we do is working together with the community members and the Fire Department and just like everyone in this room we wouldn’t be able to do it unless we’re able to work well with each other,” Schaffer said. “So, we just wanted to say thank you to (the Supervisors) for your continued support and thank you to the L.A. County Fire Department for always being there when we need them as well.”
LASD Lt. Hiroshi Yokoyama accepted Goedecke’s scroll on behalf for him.
“Thank you very much for this opportunity, for this special recognition of the Sheriff’s deputies involved in this incident as well as the (Los Angeles) County Fire Department,” Yokoyama said. “Se stand before you all as guardians of our communities and, again, thank you very much for this recognition.”
LACoFD Chief Daryl L. Osby said the honorees did an “outstanding job” adding “You’re looking at firefighters and Sheriff’s deputies that put their lives on the line each and everyday to protect the citizens of the county of Los Angeles and I know that the sheriffs, along with our firefighters, train several hours a day to prepare for these types of incidents
“I believe the outcome of this incident is because of the collaboration between the L.A. County Fire Department, the Sheriff’s Department and we are so happy that we had a successful outcome.”