A Pinal County sheriff's deputy who saved two lives in two separate incidents -- all in about 45 minutes -- will be honored as a hero at tonight's Arizona Diamondbacks game.
On the afternoon of February 3, PCSO Deputy Robert Taylor saved the lives of an infant and an elderly man before most of us sat down for lunch.
About 11:30 a.m., the PCSO got a call about a baby who was choking. In the chaos, the baby's parents gave the 911 dispatcher the wrong address. The address was close enough, though, and Taylor, who was in the area, found the baby's mother outside her house waiting to flag down the responding officer.
Taylor ran inside and saw that the baby wasn't breathing. He immediately administered CPR and revived the tyke. She was taken to an area hospital, where she recovered.
About 45 minutes later, at 12:12 p.m. Taylor was conducting a welfare check on an 83-year-old man who was living in a vehicle outside of a trailer.
Taylor got to the vehicle but couldn't find the elderly man.
Taylor kept looking, and about a quarter-mile away found a 15-foot-deep well in which he
heard the voice of the man calling for help.
Taylor found a ladder and climbed down to the "barely-conscious" man lying at the bottom of the well. The victim was suffering from frostbite and was having trouble breathing, PCSO officials say.
Taylor picked up the man and carried him up the ladder to safety. He was treated by medics and, like the baby Taylor saved less than an hour earlier, is expected to make a full recovery.
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