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Fire department honors library employee who saved infant's life

HILLSBORO FIRE & RESCUE - Nathaniel Davis, center, shows off his life saving award with Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey, left, and interim Deputy Fire Chief Scott Magers on Tuesday.The Hillsboro fire department is recognizing the work of a local man, after he saved the life of a 5-year-old girl last month outside the Hillsboro Main Library.

On Tuesday, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue honoroed Nathaniel Davis with an award for his life-saving actions after he performed CPR on an infant after she went into cardiac arrest.

Davis, a life coach, had just finished working with employees at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway, on July 1, was walking toward his car when he saw three women in the library's parking lot and realized something was wrong.

"My baby is dying!" one woman screamed into her phone to 911.

Davis responded immediately, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue spokesman Bruce Montgomery said. He picked up the 5-month-old and placed her on the trunk of the family's car and began to pump her chest and give her rescue breaths, performing CPR on the tiny child.

When firefighters arrived they found Davis performing CPR on the tiny child. First responders were able to take over and the infant was transported to a local hospital.

Davis left the library after rescue crews arrived, and the fire department said that they weren't able to identify the man who had stepped up to help the girl for days, until library staff told firefighters about Davis.

"I encourage all parents to become CPR trained," Davis said on Wednesday. "I am glad that I was able to recall the appropriate steps for CPR and respond appropriately. I am so glad that I was in the right place at the right time, and that this little girl was okay."

Montgomery said that when someone goes into cardiac arrest, performing CPR can greatly increase a person's chances for survival as people wait for first responders to arrive.

"We are fortunate to have community members like Nathaniel Davis who not only are willing to help during a life-or-death emergency, but who prepare themselves for that possibility by learning how to perform CPR," said Division Chief Scott Magers of the Hillsboro Fire Department. "If anyone hears Mr. Davis' story and is inspired to learn CPR, we can help direct you to a training class."