Boy saved from strangulation on swing

July 7, 2009 9:15:55 PM PDT
The Rohnert Park Public Safety Department is crediting an 8-year-old boy and Good Samaritans for saving the life of a boy whose neck became entangled Sunday in a makeshift tree swing made with a sheet.

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Sgt. Jeff Nicks said two boys ages 8 and 10 were playing on the swing in the area of Meadow Pines Drive around 5:30 p.m. when the older boy's head and neck became wrapped up in the sheet. The sheet cut off blood circulation in the boy's neck, Nicks said.

The boy lost consciousness and the 8-year-old boy ran for help, Nicks said.

Elspeth Wood, who recently completed CPR training, and Jake Vorhies responded and untangled the boy and gave first aid until paramedics arrived, Nicks said.

The boy was taken to Santa Rosa memorial Hospital but was transferred to Children's Hospital in Oakland where he was in stable condition, Nicks said.

"The boy's father said he was going to be alright," Nicks said this afternoon. "We're waiting until he (the boy) gets home to talk to him."

A police news release Monday initially reported the incident as a possible hanging.

"Until we get a statement we can't rule out anything," Nicks said. He said police hate to believe a 10-year-old boy would consider suicide.

Nicks praised the 8-year-old boy and those who came to the older boy's rescue, adding it is a testament to the people who live in the community.

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