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North Charleston woman saves child from hot car, honored by Coast Guard

Deleah Pickler, a Trident Medical Center nurse, has been honored by the Coast Guard for saving a child's life in North Charleston (Provided - Joint Base Charleston)

A North Charleston woman has been honored by the Coast Guard for saving the life of a missing child.

Deleah Pickler was helping search for a missing 3-year-old in her Joint Base Charleston neighborhood on June 2, according to officials with Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

Pickler spotted the child inside a vehicle, and she noticed the child was showing symptoms of heat exhaustion, the Coast Guard says.

Pickler, who is an operating room nurse at Trident Medical Center, immediately called 911 and started giving the child first aid.

Rear Admiral Peter Brown, Commander of Coast Guard District Seven in Miami, offered high praise of Pickler for her actions.

"Her response that day is a testament to her vigilance and her willingness to engage when a situation required her help," Brown said. "It was her will to get involved that made the difference and saved the child's life and that's a testament, not just to her, but also to the whole Coast Guard family."

"I was in the right place at the right time," Pickler said of her actions. "I'm happy I had the skill set and knew how to respond."

Pickler encourages parents to lock their vehicles, and to create a neighborhood outreach program for emergencies.

Pickler is the spouse of Senior Chief Justin Pickler, Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Station Georgetown.


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