Amanda Bunch

Amanda Bunch

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association has recognized Baker County dispatcher Amanda Bunch for distinguished service in helping save the life of a toddler who nearly drowned in a bathtub last spring.

Bunch received the Distinguished Service Award during the dinner and awards banquet at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend on Dec. 4.

Sheriff Travis Ash detailed in a press release how Bunch responded in her role as a dispatcher to help save a little girl’s life after receiving a 9-1-1 call in May.

The toddler was found in the tub by her mother, Ash stated in the press release. The child was unconscious and not breathing.

“Dispatcher Bunch calmly and professionally guided the mother through CPR during this call,” Ash said. “She provided CPR instructions, follow-up care instructions, and kept the mother focused and calm until the ambulance crew arrived on the scene.”

The toddler eventually was transferred to a waiting Life Flight air ambulance crew and flown to an area hospital.

“Dispatcher Bunch’s training, knowledge and skill, in combination with her calm professionalism, directly resulted in the toddler surviving this incident,” Ash stated.

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