First-day hero

From left: Officer Christopher Sayeski, Chief Alex Diax, and Officer Derek Thesier.

On his first day as an officer in Banning, Christopher Sayeski became a hero.

A call came in to Banning Police Department regarding an infant that had fallen into a backyard swimming pool on Nicolet Street.

It would make Sayeski’s June 25 debut in Banning significantly memorable: he and his training officer, Derek Thesier, responded to the call.

The infant was not breathing when the officers arrived, and had started to turn blue.

Sayeski performed CPR on the infant, who was not yet 1-years-old, with Thesier’s assistance.

A short while later, the child spat out water and began breathing. They monitored the boy was monitored until paramedics arrived to transport him to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital for further care.

He is reported to be doing fine.

“Our officers are usually the first responders on-scene, and are trained to perform emergency medical care when needed,” says interim City Manager and Police Chief, Alex Diaz. “Officers Sayeski and Thesier used their training, and saved that infant’s life.”

The officers were honored by the city at its July 11 council meeting, where both men received Banning Police Department’s Lifesaver Award.


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