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Youman honored by Sheriff’s Dept. for saving baby’s life

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

Saber Youman, a 2008 Fallbrook High School graduate and a current Camp Pendleton Marine, was honored by the Sheriff’s Department last month for a life-saving action earlier this year.

Youman was presented with his honor Nov. 19 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He was recommended for the award by Fallbrook substation Sergeant Patrick Yates.

"It is the opinion of the three responding deputies that had Marine Saber Ben Youman not been present and not intervened, the results would have been catastrophic," Yates stated.

The three Fallbrook substation deputies responded to a call regarding a one-year-old baby who was not breathing. They arrived at a car wash at South Main Avenue and Ammunition Road shortly before 6 p.m. on April 28. When they arrived, Advertisement
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they found that Youman had begun the resuscitation process.

Youman, a member of Camp Pendleton’s 4th Light Armored Amphibious Vehicle Battalion, was having his car washed when the baby girl stopped breathing. He correctly evaluated the baby’s condition and initiated the proper life-saving techniques needed for the baby to restore breathing. A temporary setback occurred when the baby began choking, but Youman rolled the baby over, cleared her airway of debris, and once again restored her breathing.

"It was clear to the deputies present that had it not been for the quick evaluation and institution of the proper life-saving procedures, the small baby would have suffered irreversible brain damage or death as a result of a critical lack of oxygen," Yates stated.



Comment Profile ImagePatrick M. Schmidt
Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm
As the head football coach for the 2006 and 2007 seasons at Fallbrook HS, I had the pleasure to meet and coach Saber. Reading the article about his heroic efforts to save the life of the child does not surprise me in the least. Saber is a wonderful human being that enriches the lives of everyone he meets.

What is also not surprising is that when I saw him only a day or two ago, this was not something that he mentioned. I learned of it through the sharing of this article by a friend, my former boss at FUHS, John Hayek.

Saber, consistent with his outstanding character, recently left on another deployment to serve his country on behalf of the United States Marines. All of our servicemen and women are volunteers.

May God Bless him and protect he and his fellow Marines as they serve our country. I am proud and honored to know him.

Coach Schmidt
Comment Profile ImageWarrior Mom
Comment #2 | Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Good job Saber....quite an example of what Fallbrook youth can become.
Comment Profile ImageScott
Comment #3 | Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm
It doesn't surprise me of Bear's action. He was raised by two loving and humble parents.
Comment Profile ImagePink
Comment #4 | Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Thank you to this wonderful young man. I do not know anyone involved in this situation, but praise God that Saber was in the right place at the right time.
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #5 | Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm
Now, had he done something bad, the headline would have been "Camp Pendleton Marine...."
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #6 | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 9:51 am
My daughters went to school with Saber, he was a good kid and has turned into a fine young man and an exemplary Marine. Mr and Mrs. Youman did a excellent job raising this young man. He will be very successful in whatever he does.


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