Auxiliary Officer Saves Infant

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A local Auxiliary Officer with the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol was honored for his crucial role in saving an infant’s life.

Chris Scarberry received a certificate of recognition at the Newton Township Fire Department for his swift response that kept one year old Kavan Gardner alive.

"As soon as I grabbed the baby, it was very hot so I started taking his clothes off so it could cool down and I opened up his airways so he could start passing air,"said Scarberry. Once he started breathing I just kept him cool."

Scarberry was on a routine patrol when he and his partner attempted to initiate a traffic stop for a speed violation, the vehicle was going 80 miles per hour before stopping at the Newton Township Fire Department. They soon realized the family was in danger and their child was on the verge of dying. That’s when Scarberry and his partner took action.

" It’ not on me through, I mean there was a team effort," said Scarberry. It seems like I am getting a lot of recognition, but my partner Josh Weaver he was in the car with me. He helped me, he was right there besides me."

At the recognition the infant’s family was present, as well as Ohio State Patrol personnel and Scarberry’s family. Scarberry says he has been a EMT since 2004, and his training taught him the proper procedures to take when handling the infant.


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