Battalion Chief Dale Yates, Capt. Dusty Stephens and Firefighter Nicholas Walker were recognized “for their quick action” in treating a child. At right is Fire Chief Pierce Clark.
Battalion Chief Dale Yates, Capt. Dusty Stephens and Firefighter Nicholas Walker were recognized “for their quick action” in treating a child. At right is Fire Chief Pierce Clark.
Three Philadelphia firefighters who successfully performed CPR on a 14-day-old infant on Dec. 10 were recognized for their “heroic duty” last week by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Battalion Chief Dale Yates, Captain Dusty Stephens and Firefighter Nicholas Walker were recognized in a resolution “for their quick action” in treating the child.

Engine 2 and Battalion 1 were dispatched to a report of the infant not breathing at 8:14 p.m. and arrived on scene within two minutes.

The firefighters made entry into the house to find a frantic mother holding a 14-day-old baby who had no signs of life. Captain Stephens immediately started CPR on the baby. EMS arrived shortly afterwards, and the care of the baby was turned over to them.

The baby was transported to Neshoba County General Hospital where Engine 2 and Battalion 1 also went to aid in the care. After 20 minutes of Advanced Life Support CPR, a pulse was regained on the baby and it was airlifted to UMC Hospital in Jackson, where it remains hospitalized.

“We would like to commend these men for their quick action in treating this child,” the resolution said. “If not for the quick action of these firefighters, the outcome of this call could have been very different. It is a proven fact that quick recognition and immediate CPR is the best and only method of treating a patient like this. These firefighters love their job and they are great at what they do. These men are just a part of the greatest fire department that money can buy.”

Mayor James A. Young commended the men during last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting, noting that their training paid off.

“One child matters, one life matters,” Young said.

He called the resolution a new trend.

“We don’t do this enough for our fire and police departments who continue to work and save lives,” Young said.

The resolution will be part of the Board of Aldermen’s official minutes.