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Atmos Energy Safety Training is "Spot On," Helps Save Baby's Life

April 13, 2020

Senior Construction Operators Jacob Dyer and Kolby Carter and Crew Foreman Marcus Charles had just finished lunch at the Subway on March 11 and were pulling out of the parking lot. Suddenly, a woman in a Chevrolet Tahoe screeched to a halt in front of the restaurant, jumped out and yanked open the back door, where her 10-month-old baby was in the car seat.

Seeing the commotion, the three men bailed out of their company trucks and ran to the mother, who was now holding the baby which was not breathing.

“I asked the mom if the infant had been playing with a toy that she may have swallowed,” Carter said. “She said no. I checked the baby’s pulse and looked into her mouth to make sure nothing was in there. Any kind of compressions could cause the child to swallow the toy. Jacob turned the baby over and began to gently push down on her back.”

“The infant gasped and I saw mucus and saliva coming out, which was a relief because I knew she was breathing again,” Dyer added. “Her eyes had rolled into the back of her head but now she was looking at us.”

In the meantime, the mother had called 911 but was so distraught she was having difficulty communicating. The woman handed the phone to Dyer, who provided the dispatcher with the address and situation. Additionally, Charles saw an ambulance driving on Highway 19 and flagged it down. After examining the baby, the paramedics quickly loaded up the infant and the mother and headed to the hospital. “Everything seemed to just fall perfectly into place,” Carter said.

Dyer is friends with the paramedics’ supervisor and later found out the prognosis. “He said the infant had RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) which can cause fluid buildup in the lungs. The baby is doing fine, he said.”

The employees credit their company safety training with helping save the infant’s life.

“We have CPR, how to do the Heimlich maneuver, and weekly safety discussions and videos,” Carter said. “Everything happened so fast. We knew we had a precious life in our hands and wanted to make sure we did everything correctly. I truly believe the training we get from Atmos Energy is spot on. They prepare us for just about anything, including this.”