Deputies Assist in Saving Child’s Life

Two McCracken County deputies are being credited with helping save the life of a young girl who was partially run over by a mower Thursday afternoon. Deputies say deputies responded at 1:15 p.m. to a home in the 6000 block of Old Mayfield Road after getting a distress call of an unknown nature. Deputies Zack Dunigan and Kenneth Baldwin arrived a short time later and discovered an 18-month old girl had been riding with an adult on a zero-turn lawnmower when she fell off and was struck in the leg by the engaged blades, causing severe injuries to her leg. Dunigan and Baldwin applied what’s known as a Combat Application Tourniquet to the child’s leg to control the bleeding. The child was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Due to inclement weather in the area air transport was not available. Deputies later escorted the ambulance to the Kentucky-Tennessee state line with the assistance from the Kentucky State Police. Once in Tennessee, the Tennessee Highway Patrol took over the escort until it reached its final destination at a Nashville area children’s hospital. Police say the child is now out of surgery and in stable condition. Police say all members of the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office are issued a CAT, as well as a belt holster for these types of situations.

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