Officer's life-saving effort revives girl
John Scheibel NWItimes
SOUTH HAVEN | Twenty-one-month
old Olivia Turnick’s lips had turned blue and her eyes
rolled back in her head Wednesday afternoon when her
mother dialed 911 for help.
Call it luck, fate or an
answer to her prayers, Porter County sheriff’s Sgt.
Jeremy Chavez was just around the corner from Olivia’s
home. Within seconds of his arrival and the first aid
administered to Olivia, the baby went from gasping to
“It was music to my ears,”
Chavez said. “If she was crying, she was breathing.”
Olivia’s mother, Shirley
Hollifield, said she had just put Olivia down for a nap,
and had planned to take a nap also.
But Hollifield said she heard
“something weird” and went to check on her daughter.
She said Olivia’s mouth was
blue and she was drooling excessively.
She said she turned Olivia on
her side to keep her from choking and called 911 for an
said she was still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher
when she heard a knock at her door.
“It brings tears to my eyes,"
Hollifield said. “I prayed over my daughter while I was
on the phone.”
Chavez said his response time
was “literally one minute.”
“He was like my angel,”
Hollifield said. “He was right at my front door.”
When he arrived, Hollifield
was holding her daughter, while her dogs, protective of
Olivia, barked at Chavez, she said.
Chavez took Olivia so
Hollifield could secure the dogs in another room.
He said he performed first aid
of back blows and chest compressions, hoping to clear
said she had turned away just long enough to secure her
dogs when she heard Olivia crying.
Olivia was taken by ambulance
to Porter Regional Hospital and was examined again
Thursday morning by doctors, Hollifield said.
said Olivia had an ear infection and a fever of 102.8
degrees. Doctors said the fever likely caused a seizure.
said Olivia is doing well and is expected to be fine.
Wednesday’s events unfolded
very much like a call Chavez handled just three months
ago in Liberty Township.
Chavez came to rescue of
4-week-old Chyna Earl who had stopped breathing.
Chavez said he was not
initially scheduled to work either shift, but had traded
with another officer. Both incidents came just a short
time after CPR and first aid recertification training,
said Chavez knew exactly what to do.
“He was amazing. He didn’t
even blink. He knew what to do. He turned Olivia over
and the next thing I knew she was crying.
“I’ll never be able to thank
him enough for what he did.
"He’s a godsend,” she said.
“What a blessing.”