Trooper Josh Cummings Saves 4-Year-Old Girl
Trooper Josh Cummings Saved The Life Of A 4-Year-Old Girl
An off-duty trooper arrived just in time to help save the life of a 4-year-old girl. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, off-duty Kentucky State Trooper Josh Cummings was on his way home from the gym on Friday afternoon. He drove up on a single-vehicle accident near Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Several other people had also stopped to check on the occupants of the vehicle. First responders were not on scene.
Trooper Josh Cummings saw a man later identified as Mark Wood holding a four-year-old girl and discovered that she wasn’t breathing. He and the other man began performing CPR on the child, with Trooper Cummings performing chest compressions and Wood doing rescue breaths. Both men continued to work on the child and were eventually able to get her breathing on her own again. They monitored her breathing status until EMS arrived and she was then flown by Lifeflight to nearby Norton’s Children’s Hospital. She is listed in stable condition at this time and expected to make a full recovery.
Dashcam video shows the trooper running toward the car wreck after being told by witnesses that a child was involved and was not breathing. Trooper Josh Cummings stated in an interview with WAVE3 News that “it was very emotional” and described how it affected him to see the child breathe on her own as she was placed on a stretcher. He later visited the child in the hospital that night and brought her a care package which included a teddy bear dressed as an officer. The child’s mother gave credit to Cummings and Wood for saving her daughter’s life. Trooper Cummings stated in the WAVE3 News interview that he is glad he could make a difference.
Other passengers in the vehicle included a second child, but no other injuries were reported. The accident is currently under investigation by the Elizabethtown Police Department.
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