Off-duty deputy saves choking child

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

Saturday was just another enjoyable day off for Sgt. John Murnan with the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

He was at Under the Oaks Park in Parker, enjoying a birthday party with his son, daughter-in-law and their children.

The party was going swimmingly when Murnan heard shouting from across the park.

“We were just hanging out and someone started shouting ‘help, help, call 9-1-1’,” Murnan said. “Of course I am going to respond, somebody calling for 9-1-1, I had to find out what was going on.”

A teenager came sprinting, cradling a small boy – turned out he was 4-years-old – in his arms.

The young child was not breathing and was in clear distress, Murnan said.

“He was as blue as blue can be,” Murnan said. “He was, when I got him, I guess, gone.”



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