Deputy receives commendation for saving infant

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Photo by the SHOSHONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/ Deputy Dameon Groves holds the infant he saved from choking in August at the Sheriff’s Office alongside the mother, Aela Archibald, and Sheriff Mike Gunderson. Both Archibald and infant attended the commendation presentation.

WALLACE – The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized one of their own for his role in saving the life of choking infant girl several months back.

On the night of Aug. 31, 2019, Deputy Dameon Groves responded to a call for service of an infant not breathing at a residence in Woodland Park, Wallace.

Deputy Groves arrived on scene prior to medical crews and found mother Aela Archibald holding her infant daughter. The daughter was found to be suffering from an obstructed airway and was not breathing.

SCSO stated in a news release that without hesitation, Groves immediately began life saving measures on the infant which involved preforming CPR.

“Deputy Groves’ quick and calm actions gave the family some confidence that he was going to help save their child.” Sheriff Mike Gunderson said of Groves.

His actions resulted in clearing the airway of the infant, which allowed her to breath on her own once again.

In recognition of his heroic deeds that day, Groves was presented with a Life Saving Commendation Bar on Nov. 15 to wear proudly on his uniform. This Commendation Bar will serve as a reminder to him that his actions saved a life.

Since the incident, the infant is healthy and doing well.

“Our community should be proud of his actions, as we have a healthy, beautiful child that will continue to be apart of our blue family forever,” Gunderson said.

Archibald expressed her gratitude on the SCSO social media post announcing the commendation.

“Congratulations Deputy Groves and thank you again for saving my daughters life, you are truly a hero and a guardian Angel that saved my baby,” she said. “I will never forget that night and what you did. My world was falling to pieces, I was frozen in panic and fear and crying and praying my baby girl would breathe, then you showed up and with no hesitation you grabbed her from me and started working on her getting her to breathe. When you came back from taking her to the ambulance to be checked out and you told me she was breathing, all I could do was break down and cry in relief that you saved her. There is nothing in this world that would be enough to repay you for saving my daughter, but please know that you will have all of my gratitude and thanks for being my daughter’s guardian Angel.”

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