Elgin residents honored for saving 4-year-old boy

Two Midlands residents were recognized Friday for the swift action they took to save a child’s life.

Alex Jackson and Danielle Brown, both of Elgin, received Certificates of Recognition from the department for performing CPR on 4-year-old Chanse Chapman.

Chief Jenkins with Danielle Brown
Chief Jenkins with Alex Jackson

On June 23 both Jackson and Brown were attending a pool party at an apartment complex off of Farrow Road. Sometime after 5 p.m. Jackson said he noticed the child was floating face down in the pool with no signs of movement.

“To be honest I didn’t know what to think,” Jackson said, “I didn’t think, I just reacted.”

After Chapman was pulled out of the water both Jackson and Brown began working to clear the child’s airway. Brown said she began to perform CPR while Jackson helped with chest and back compressions.

“When I saw him {Chapman} he was definitely not breathing,” Brown said.

Chanse Chapman

“We just wasn’t giving up on him,” Jackson remarked.

The child began coughing up water after two to three minutes of CPR. Volunteer Firefighter Jason Nussbaum was the first to arrive on scene and administered further aid until more help arrived.

Captain Gary Parnell, Engineer Daniel Gardner, Firefighter James Byars, A.S.F. Robert Vaught and Volunteer Firefighter Matthew Espieg all responded to the scene. EMT Kelly Berryman and Paramedic Andrew Thacker were also on the call.

Chanse Chapman was taken to an area hospital and has since been discharged. He and his mother Dorothy Chapman were both present at Friday’s award ceremony to thank responders for their timely help.

Certificates of Recognition are awarded by the department to citizens who exhibit courage and commit selfless acts to provide aid to others. Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins would also present both Jackson and Brown with honorary coins.

For more information on CPR training and how to find courses in your area contact the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to www.redcross.org.