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UPDATE: Rescued toddler is in critical condition

Interim Fire Chief Paul Berardi via LinkedIn.

UPDATE: The Pendleton Police Department reports that the 2-year-old boy rescued from Tutuilla Creek Sunday is in critical condition at a Spokane area hospital.

A news release from PPD details the chain of events:

12:13 p.m., April 21, 2019, Pendleton Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Grecian Heights Park located near the intersection of Tutuilla Road and SW Athens Avenue in response to a report of a missing two-year old male.  Upon arrival, officer(s) quickly determined that the child had not been seen for approximately three to five minutes.  They also noted several family members, friends and citizens were already searching the area for the small boy including the creek adjacent to the park, which parallels Tutuilla Road.

12:16 p.m. the child was located in the creek approximately half a mile downstream from the park near the intersection of Tutuilla Road and SW Nye Ave. Pendleton Police Corporal Nathan Bessette and Officer Chase Addleman began CPR until Pendleton Fire and Ambulance personnel arrived on scene, and began providing a higher level of care.  The child was transported via ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital where medical staff worked for several minutes to sustain life.  The child was eventually life-flighted to Spokane, WA where he remains in critical condition.

No further information is being released.  Any person(s) having information about the circumstances surrounding traumatic event are encouraged to call the Pendleton Police Department at (541) 276-4411 or the Umatilla County Dispatch Center at (541) 966-3651.


PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton Fire Chief Paul Berardi confirms that officers from the Pendleton Police Department and emergency medical technicians from his department rescued a small child from Tutuilla Creek at Grecian Heights Park early Sunday afternoon.

“PPD did an excellent job,” he said.

Berardi said that they were unable to establish respiration and a pulse at the scene, so the decision was made to transport the toddler to St. Anthony Hospital. At the hospital, the breathing and a pulse were restored and LifeFlight transported the child to a critical care facility.

Berardi said that other details would be released after he consulted with the child’s family.


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