Officers honored for saving lives

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 07:16 PM

The two police officers who saved a 4-month-old baby last month were among four officers who received commendations from their chief Tuesday. 
Eric Hockett found baby Hunter not breathing at 5:53 a.m. June 12 at the Hockett residence at 1145 Kendall Mill Road. Hunter also had no pulse. Officers Joshua Wolfe and Brent McDowell responded to the 911 call and when they arrived about 6 minutes later, they started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Hockett said he started CPR and the officers continued. In about 3 to 4 minutes after the officers started CPR, the baby started gasping for air. By the time EMS left for the hospital, Hunter was breathing on his own and had a heartbeat.
“These two have become a dynamic duo,” said Chief Jeffrey Insley. “When you see one, you see the other.”
Insley gave the officers the department’s Life Saving Award.
Hockett brought Hunter to the ceremony for the officers to hold again. Hunter was born with a clot that required open-heart surgery. Doctors gave him a 1 percent chance to live. Since then, Hockett has watched his son’s breathing closely.
“It meant the world to me what these officers did,” Hockett told the gathering at Thomasville City Council Chambers. “They went above and beyond for Hunter.”
“It is a great honor and a great privilege to supervise these guys,” said Sgt. Jason Annas. “I can’t think of a time in my career when I have been more proud to be a Thomasville police officer.”
Wolfe, a 31-year-old father of two, earlier said the rescue was his first baby rescue.
“We thank these officers for what they do for the community and the department,” Insley said. “It is a proud time when you can recognize someone who went above and beyond.”
Insley also gave Life Saving Awards to these officers:
• Joseph Driggers,  who did not attend the ceremony, responded to an overdose call earlier this year to find a small child who had eaten some of his mother’s medication. With EMS delayed by another call, Driggers took the boy to the hospital, where he was revived.
• In April, Eric Hicks saved Richard Oakes of Randleman, who went into diabetic shock while driving his truck on Interstate 85. His 15-year-old son was in the car and called a family member who called 911. Hicks joined a telephone conversation to tell the youth what to do. The officer also chased down the vehicle and stopped it after it went off the side of the highway. No one was injured.