Pinal Cty. sheriffs deputy saves 2 lives in 45 minutes

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ARIZONA CITY and ELOY, Ariz. – Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is singing the praises of one of his men, a deputy who saved two lives in less than one hour.

On Feb. 3, Deputy Robert Taylor responded to a call about an 8-month-old Arizona City baby who was choking. By the time he got to the baby, the child was not breathing. Taylor immediately began CPR and got the baby breathing again. The infant was taken to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Just 45 minutes later, Taylor was called to do a welfare check on an 83-year-old Eloy man who was living in a car outside a trailer. When Taylor was unable to find the man, he began searching the property.

About a quarter of a mile away, Taylor discovered a hole that appeared to be part of a well. He heard a call for help and saw the man lying at the bottom of the hole. Taylor used a ladder to climb 15 feet down into the hole and carry the man out. The man was barely conscious. He had suffered frostbite and was having trouble breathing.

Thanks to Taylor, that man, like the baby who nearly choked to death, is expected to make a full recovery.

“The actions of Deputy Taylor show the professional and caring nature of the men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office,” Babeu said in a news release. “I am very proud of the immediate life-saving actions taken by Deputy Taylor.”