June 2, 2016
At 9:52 a.m. on Sunday May 29, 2016, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Wagon Wheel Trail, Moneta in reference a two year old child that had been found in the bottom of Smith Mountain Lake. Dispatcher Michael Miller took the call and asked if the child was breathing and was told no and that his lips were blue. Dispatcher Miller asked the caller if anyone there was trained to do CPR and was told no. The man handed the phone to a female who put the phone on speaker for Miller to provide instructions on how to perform CPR. After a short time, the child started making sounds and started breathing.
Sheriff Brown said, thanks to Miller’s training, experience, composer under pressure, and ability to communicate instructions to those with the child, the child was able to be revived. His performance exemplifies the high caliber and professionalism of the members of the Bedford County 911 Communications Center. These are the same attributes the Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies see and rely on daily.
Sheriff Brown will recognize Dispatcher Miller with the “Sheriff’s Life Saving Award” at a ceremony later this year.