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Community personnel honored for their efforts

Dozens of Colleton County firemen and rescue personnel were honored Monday evening for their recent and emotional efforts in trying to the save a Cottageville toddler.

On July 22nd, officials received a 911-emergency call that a child had drowned in a family pool.

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m.

At that time, Cottageville Police Department and Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials arrived at a home located in Cottageville. There, officials found that the 2-year-old girl was found unconscious. Her family members were attempting CPR.

“Fire-Rescue immediately began working on the child. After gaining a heartbeat, the child was taken to Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro. Later, she was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina,” in Charleston for further treatment, according to Cottageville Police Chief Jeffrey Cook.

After making temporary improvements, the child later died from her injuries.

Since she is a juvenile, this newspaper is withholding the victim’s identity.

On Monday, Colleton County Fire-Rescue honored those men and women who were involved in trying to save the girl’s life.

Dispatchers from the county’s 911-emergency center were also honored for helping family members administer CPR on the child.

During Monday’s ceremony, the following law enforcement officers, local hospital employees, county firemen and rescue personnel were given “Commendations for Life Saving” merits by the CCFR. The CCFR hosted and sponsored the ceremony.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue Employees:
Firefighter/Paramedic William Worrell; Firefighter/Paramedic Nathan Smith; Battalion Chief Brent Dalton; Captain Dewayne Jacques; Firefighter Dewayne Jacques Jr.; Lieutenant Jimmy Jacques; Firefighter Joseph Martin; Firefighter James Bailey; Firefighter Landon McCormack; and Firefighter Calvin West.

C.A.R.E. Flight Employees: Firefighter/Flight-Paramedic Brian Johnson; Flight Nurse Ken Peppler; and Pilot Steven Morris.

Colleton County Emergency Dispatch Center: Telecommunicator Katalina Garvalia; Telecommunicator Rebecca Mitchell; and Telecommunicator Christy Willis.

Cottageville Police Department:
Officer Raymond Colson and Officer Brandon Grimsley
Colleton Medical Center: Dr. Craig Ward; Dr. Suzanne Echemendia ; Michelle Gruber; Allison Grimes; Michael Millar; Lindsey Williams; Karen Rentz ; Loranda Bates; and Lynda Deloach.

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