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Deputy honored for quick actions to save toddler's life

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A mother's gratitude is boundless toward the Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy who saved her young son's life.

Sixteen-month-old Andre Coronado is thriving and playing with his favorite toys thanks to the quick actions by Tony Uredi.

Andre was battling a high fever. Doctors believe his fever spiked and caused him to suffer a seizure.

His mother, Janell Stevens, panicked when she saw her son shaking in his bed. He was unable to breathe and had turned blue.

"I was in pure terror and just totally scared that my baby was dying. I didn't know what was going on. I had never seen a seizure before," Stevens recalled. "Not knowing what was going on was probably the most scary to me."

She rushed her baby outside. And as luck would have it, Uredi was outside responding to a late night traffic incident.

"I yelled to him, 'Please help me sir!' And then I fell to my knees on the ground," Stevens said.

That is when Uredi sprang into action.

"Everybody who is a father knows you just do what you do as a father," he said. "The police side of it wasn't even there. I was just acting as a father."

As Andre's mother fell to the ground, Stevens snatched the toddler from his mother's arms and began to perform CPR.

"He grabbed him from me. He was kneeling with me. He held him and did something where the baby kind of caught his breath," Stevens said. "Saved his life."

When Andre took that breath, the feelings were overwhelming.

"The biggest sigh of relief was when he started crying. Everybody was pretty emotional and relieved at that point," Uredi said.

"Thank God he was there. He saved him," Stevens said.

The deputy was honored at Monday's Jackson County legislative meeting.

Uredi has become friends with Andre's family. The little boy's favorite new toy is a small flashing police car.

Doctors believe Andre has made a full recovery and shouldn't suffer any lingering effects from his seizure.

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