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Infant Gets a Shot at Life, Thanks to Deputy's Training

January 14, 1986

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who had received paramedic training before joining the department saved the life of a premature baby boy born with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, authorities said Monday.

The child was not breathing when Deputy Michael Alerich arrived Sunday at the Azusa home of Anna Salgado Reynoso, 22, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Alerich, 25, removed the umbilical cord and assisted Fire Department paramedics in completing the delivery and applying cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The baby was in critical but stable condition at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, a nursing supervisor said.

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