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Feb 11, 2013 10:28 PM

KSP Trooper's Heroic Efforts Help Save 6 Year Old Girl

A Kentucky state trooper was in the right place at the right time when a six year old girl stopped breathing while her mother was driving. It happened Friday, near the girl's home in Taylor County, and the trooper's quick thinking may have saved the girl's life.

Mary Downs tells LEX 18 she didn't know what was wrong with her daughter as she tore down Hughes Road, south of Columbia. Six year-old Sierra Downs was passed out in her arms and she wasn't breathing. She had just had a seizure.

When Mary got to Speck Ridge Road, a trooper driving by noticed the mother waiving for help and screaming out the driver's side window.

"And she said my daughter is not breathing, and she's having a seizure," remembers Trooper Casey Wethington.

Wethington called 911, then pulled the six year-old off her mother's lap, out of the car, and started doing CPR.

"We're trained to stay calm in high risk situations like that. We're public servants," Wethington says.

Sierra was flown to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where as of Monday, she was still recovering.

The Downs family says it's all been overwhelming. Mary didn't want to talk about the situation, but she did release this statement:

"For some reason, Trooper Wethington was put in our path when we needed him most. We can't thank him enough for helping Sierra."

"It's just all in a day's work. There are a thousand other troopers in the state who would have done the same thing if they would have been in my position," Wethington says.

That may be, but it was Wethington who was there, and the Downs family couldn't be more grateful.

Sierra's mom says her daughter has a history of epileptic seizures, but has never had an episode this bad. The family hopes the six year-old will be released from the hospital in the next couple days.

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