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Off-duty Key Largo firefighter saves baby's life

From KeysNet:

Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Montillo “Scotty” Desquotte proved Tuesday that first responders are never really off duty.

While working his day job in Monroe County Public Works near Harry Harris Park, Desquotte noticed a commotion in someone’s driveway and he went over to take a look.

There was frantic mother and an 12-day-old infant girl not breathing. An ambulance had been called, but Desquotte’s 27 years of training told him there was no time to waste. 

“The baby was turning blue. The family was trying to get the baby into the car and take her to the hospital, but I said ‘no, she needs help right now,’” Desquotte said. 

He began CPR, and the baby was breathing by the time an ambulance arrived.

Off-duty Islamorada firefighter Tom Strobel was in the area and responded after hearing the call on his pager. He assisted Desquotte in administering CPR.

“The baby is alive and well thanks to Scotty,” said Monroe County Mayor Sylvia Murphy.

Go to keysnet.com to read more.


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