Putnam County deputy credited with saving baby's life

Master Deputy Denis Jones responds to cry for help, performs CPR on 11-month-old

By Colette DuChanois - Web producer
Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Master Deputy Denis Jones saved 11-month-old Christopher's life. (Photos courtesy: Putnam County Sheriff's Office)

CRESCENT CITY, Fla. - A Putnam County sheriff's deputy responded to a cry for help Sunday, saving a baby's life.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Master Deputy Denis Jones and his family were skateboarding and rollerblading near Save-A-Lot in Crescent City when Jones heard someone yell out, "He's not breathing," at a nearby laundromat. 

Jones quickly skated over to a woman and offered to help.

"She handed me her baby," Jones said. "His lips were starting to turn blue."

Jones then began CPR on the 11-month-old boy named Christopher.

When rescue arrived, the baby was breathing. He was taken to a hospital, but his mother said he's recovering and will be OK. 

It wasn't Jones' first act of heroism, the Sheriff's Office said.

Jones, who started as a deputy in 2010 and currently oversees community services and the marine unit, was previously awarded for saving two people who overdosed on fentanyl.

As a youth resource deputy, Jones also saved a student choking in a cafeteria. 

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