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[ISP] Trooper Saves Two-Year-Old Girl
Start Date: 5/27/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
Lake Station, Lake County-Senior Trooper Dan Avitia was in the right place at the right time for a two-year old Valparaiso girl this Memorial Day afternoon.
 
At approximately 3:35 P.M., Trooper Avitia, a fourteen year veteran, was in the area of I-80 west bound just west of Central Avenue, when a dispatch came out about a child having a medical emergency. Avitia located a 2010 Murano Nissan SUV parked on the inner shoulder and found the mother, Jennifer Newsum of Valparaiso in the back seat unbuckling her two-year daughter out of her child safety seat. Newsum handed the child over to Avitia stating that child was unresponsive.
 
Avitia immediately noticed that the child was limp, had bluish tinged lips, and not breathing; after checking the airway. Avitia began to give the child back blows countering that with checking the child’s airway. After doing this a couple of times the child began to breathe.
 
The girl was taken to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart where she is being kept for observation. Newsum stated that her daughter had been on medication for an illness when this incident happened.
 
The girl was given two teddy bears by the Indiana State Police. These bears are given to children to comfort them if they become involved in a stressful situation.
 
Trooper Avitia stated, “I was just glad I was close by and that my training was used with such a happy outcome.”
 
Agencies assisting: Lake Station Fire and EMS
Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Ann Wojas
Phone: 219-696-6242
Email: awojas@isp.in.gov
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