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Officer honored for saving life in 2014
Pat Dayton
Officer Pat Dayton receives a special pin from Ceres Police Chief Brent Smith on Thursday evening for saving the life of a teenage girl in 2014. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Officer Pat Dayton was honored Thursday evening for helping to save the life of a teenage girl who stopped breathing on May 21, 2014.

Chief of Police Brent Smith offered him a commendation and pinned on a special pin.

Police received a 9-1-1 call at 6:42 a.m. about the girl who was unresponsive in a home in the 3100 block of Whitmore Avenue. Dayton was the first one to arrive but had to scale a wrought iron fence with pointy tips after finding the gated apartment complex locked. He found the unit and found the girl lying on the floor and not breathing. He quickly started blowing into her lungs through her mouth while intermittently doing chest compressions. He continued to administer CPR until the paramedics arrived on the scene and administered advanced life-saving techniques.

The measures implemented by Officer Dayton and the paramedics resulted in normal breathing being restored and stabilization of the victim. The victim was transported to the hospital where she made a full recovery.

"It was determined that Officer Dayton's quick actions led to a successful outcome to this incident," said Chief Smith. "Officer Dayton is hereby commended for his heroic actions and effort to saving a life - the most generous and courageous sacrifice one can make. His selfless and valiant actions embody the highest mission of the Ceres Police Department."