The Feb. 24 Enumclaw City Council was packed with residents, who gave Commander Tony Ryan, left, and Yosedely Barragan, center, a standing ovation for their actions, which saved the life of Yosedely’s younger brother. Also pictured is Enumclaw Police Chief Bob Huebler / El Ayuntamiento de Enumclaw del 24 de febrero estaba lleno de residentes, quienes le dieron al Comandante Tony Ryan, a la izquierda, y a Yosedely Barragán, en el centro, una gran ovación por sus acciones, las cuales salvaron la vida del hermano menor de Yosedely. También se muestra en la foto el Jefe de Policía de Enumclaw Bob Huebler. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

The Feb. 24 Enumclaw City Council was packed with residents, who gave Commander Tony Ryan, left, and Yosedely Barragan, center, a standing ovation for their actions, which saved the life of Yosedely’s younger brother. Also pictured is Enumclaw Police Chief Bob Huebler / El Ayuntamiento de Enumclaw del 24 de febrero estaba lleno de residentes, quienes le dieron al Comandante Tony Ryan, a la izquierda, y a Yosedely Barragán, en el centro, una gran ovación por sus acciones, las cuales salvaron la vida del hermano menor de Yosedely. También se muestra en la foto el Jefe de Policía de Enumclaw Bob Huebler. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Policía local, niño bilingüe salva la vida del bebé

A local cop and a bilingual child saved baby’s life earlier this month. Read in English and Spanish.

What was nearly a tragedy for a local family was turned into a cause for celebration, thanks to the quick response of an Enumclaw police officer and the bravery of a little girl.

On Feb. 3, the Barragan family experienced a horror like no other — their one-year-old child stopped breathing.

But when the call went out, Commander Tony Ryan was only four blocks away from their address, and raced to the scene.

When he arrived, he found the family gathered around the child. After being unable to feel a pulse, Ryan immediately performed what’s known as a finger sweep in an attempt to dislodge anything in his patient’s throat.

Finding his airway clear, Ryan flipped the child over for palm-heel compressions, the equivalent of CPR for a baby. After the second compression, the child gasped, and Ryan was able to feel a light, but steady, pulse.

However, the baby was clearly continuing to have trouble breathing, so Ryan held his airway open until his chest and stomach began to rise and fall and the Enumclaw Fire Department medics arrived.

A minute after they took over critical care, the child began to cry; when Ryan checked in on the family the next day, he had made a full recovery.

The police department, along with Mayor Jan Molinaro, surprised Ryan during the packed Feb. 17 council meeting with a Life Saving award, which is given to officers who are able to save or prolong another’s life through their actions.

Also honored was 9-year-old Yosedely, who was instrumental in saving her brother’s life.

Yosedely’s parents speak little to no English, so she had to make the 911 call to report her brother’s condition, as well as be the translator between her parents and emergency responders when they arrived.

“She’s a rockstar,” Ryan said in a later interview. “She was absolutely incredible… so calm, so composed. I could not have had the appropriate information relayed without her there.”

For her courage, she was presented with a City of Enumclaw Public Safety Coin right alongside Ryan.

In a prepared statement at the council meeting, Enumclaw Police Chief Bob Huebler said Yosedely’s “bilingual knowledge and her ability to remain calm in this circumstance greatly assisted communications between first responders and family members,” and that both she and Ryan represented “the highest traditions of professional public safety service to our community and reflect great credit upon the individuals, the involved first responders, the Enumclaw police and fire department, and the city of Enumclaw.”

EN ESPANOL

The following was translated by Diana Pinon Guzman of La Raza:

Lo que fue casi una tragedia para una familia local se convirtió en un motivo de celebración, gracias a la rápida respuesta de un oficial de policía de Enumclaw y la valentía de una niña pequeña.

El 3 de febrero, la familia Barragán experimentó un horror como ningún otro: su hijo de un año dejó de respirar.

Pero cuando salió la llamada, el comandante Tony Ryan estaba a solo cuatro cuadras de su dirección y corrió a la escena.

Cuando llegó, encontró a la familia alrededor del niño. Después de no poder sentir el pulso, Ryan realizó inmediatamente lo que se conoce como un barrido de dedo en un intento de desplazar cualquier cosa en la garganta de su paciente.

Al encontrar despejada su vía aérea, Ryan volteó al niño para que le hiciera compresiones en el talón de la palma, el equivalente a la RCP para un bebé. Después de la segunda compresión, el niño jadeó y Ryan pudo sentir un pulso ligero pero constante.

Sin embargo, el bebé claramente seguía teniendo problemas para respirar, por lo que Ryan mantuvo las vías respiratorias abiertas hasta que su pecho y estómago comenzaron a subir y bajar y llegaron los médicos del Departamento de Bomberos de Enumclaw.

Un minuto después de hacerse cargo de los cuidados críticos, el niño comenzó a llorar; Cuando Ryan contactó a la familia al día siguiente, se había recuperado por completo.

El departamento de policía, junto con el alcalde Jan Molinaro, sorprendió a Ryan durante la reunión del consejo del 17 de febrero con un premio por salvar vidas, que se otorga a los oficiales que pueden salvar o prolongar la vida de otra persona a través de sus acciones.

También honró a Yosedely, de 9 años, quien fue instrumental en salvar la vida de su hermano.

Los padres de Yosedely hablan poco o nada de inglés, por lo que tuvo que hacer la llamada al 911 para informar la condición de su hermano, así como ser la traductora entre sus padres y los servicios de emergencia cuando llegaron.

“Ella es una estrella de rock”, dijo Ryan en una entrevista posterior. “Ella era absolutamente increíble … tan tranquila, tan compuesta. No podría haber transmitido la información apropiada sin ella allí.

Por su coraje, se le presentó una Moneda de Seguridad Pública de la Ciudad de Enumclaw junto a Ryan.

En una declaración preparada en la reunión del consejo, el jefe de policía de Enumclaw, Bob Huebler, dijo que “el conocimiento bilingüe de Yosedely y su capacidad para mantener la calma en esta circunstancia ayudaron en gran medida a las comunicaciones entre los socorristas y los miembros de la familia”, y que tanto ella como Ryan representaban “las más altas tradiciones de un servicio profesional de seguridad pública para nuestra comunidad y reflejan un gran crédito sobre las personas, los primeros en responder involucrados, el departamento de policía y bomberos de Enumclaw y la ciudad de Enumclaw “.




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