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Wed., Dec. 15, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

Help arrives just in time for young girl

A Spokane County sheriff's deputy's quick actions may have saved the life of a 16-month-old girl who had stopped breathing Saturday.

Deputy Philip Pfeifer was responding to another call when he heard a medical call for a "child not breathing" in the 4900 block of East Upriver Drive and rushed to the scene, Sgt. Dave Reagan said.

Pfeifer found the child was not breathing, had bluish lips and no sign of consciousness. Her eyes rolled back into her head. After learning the mother had left the child with a cookie, Pfeifer moved the child's head and neck to examine her airway to see if it was obstructed.

When he moved the girl, she began breathing again, and Pfeifer watched over her until paramedics arrived. The girl's mother credited his quick response for potentially saving the little girl's life.

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