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EMT honored for reviving toddler
Polk County Enterprise - October 2009
BY CHARLES K. FRANKLIN
LIVINGSTON – City officials praised Livingston High School graduate Ross Wheeland as a local hero during Tuesday’s meeting of the Livingston City Council. Wheeland, performed CPR on Cody Ryan Heath, 2, on Sept. 22 after he was pulled from a family member’s backyard pool. Mayor Clarke Evans presented a Certificate of Recognition to Wheeland commending his efforts to prevent an accident from becoming a tragedy. Heath fell into the swimming pool on the morning of Oct. 13 while his older cousins were preparing to go to school. Wheeland, a certified EMT, was in the house when Heath was discovered at the bottom of the swimming pool. Kelly Rood, the homeowner and Wheeland’s sister, jumped in to pull the toddler to safety and Wheeland performed CPR to get him breathing again while other family members called 911.
The certificate went on to say “a catastrophe was avoided because of the skilled and rapid response of Ross Wheeland; and Whereas, this courageous action in averting what could have been a tragic loss to family, friends, and community was an act of heroism which deserves special recognition.” Heath was initially taken to Memorial Medical Center-Livingston and later transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Family and friends were on hand to witness the event along with several Livingston police officers, representatives from Americare EMS of Polk County and Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Corky Cochran.