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Airman assists in saving drowned child

Men sit in a line in-front of a backdrop.

(Bottom center) U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, and his leadership were recently recognized for his efforts in saving the life of a child who had drowned Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office. Halle assisted in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child, until the Araha Fire Department was able to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men sit in a line on the left of the screen, while a man stands and talks into a microphone on the right side of the screen.

(Left) U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, and fellow service members listen to Masaharu Noguni, Chatan mayor, thank him for his part in saving the life of a child who had drowned Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office. Halle assisted in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child, until the Araha Fire Department was able to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Two men talk into microphones, while a man sits and listens.

(Left) Jin Hiya, 18th Wing Public Affairs media specialist, translates for U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, as he thanks Masaharu Noguni, Chatan mayor, for presenting him with a Letter of Appreciation for his part in saving the life of a child who had drowned Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office. Halle assisted in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child, until the Araha Fire Department was able to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Two men smile and hold up a framed certificate.

(Left) U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, is recognized for his assistance in saving a child’s life Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office. Halle assisted in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the child, until the Araha Fire Department was able to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

Men sit on opposite sides of the room and face each other.

(Left) U.S. Air Force service members and Chatan city officials listen to a speaker announce the accomplishments of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office. Halle assisted in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a recently drowned child, until the Araha Fire Department was able to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rhett Isbell)

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For his acts of heroism, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Roger Halle, 18th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant chief of operations, was recognized by Masaharu Noguni, city of Chatan mayor, during a ceremony Aug. 19, 2019, at the Chatan Town Office.

Halle was recognized for his use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to save a child at a local beach.

“I would like to recognize Mr. Halle's great achievement for his quick response,” Noguni said. “Mr. Halle speedily and bravely saved a life by using his techniques from his profession.”

After the ceremony, Halle spoke about the incident and how he managed to contribute to saving the boy.

“My family and I were at Araha beach and heard some screaming coming from the other side,” Halle said. “We saw a man dragging a young boy out of the water. I went over and said, ‘I’m a firefighter how can I help’ and started assisting two off-duty lifeguards with CPR. I would do the breathing for the child every thirty chest compressions and then about ten to fifteen minutes later the Araha Fire Department showed up and took over from there.”

During the jumble of thoughts and emotions, Halle endured he was able to move confidently and swiftly to apply proper CPR methods because of the training he received for his occupation.

“As a firefighter, I’m CPR certified and that was what I used,” Halle said. “Being in the fire service and receiving that training … it’s one of those things that kicks in. I felt prepared for the incident because of it. I didn’t have to think about it, I just acted.”

Halle felt humbled from being recognized and the mayor’s acknowledgement. Feeling that most of his fellow service members would react the same as him.

“I was just thinking this is someone who needs help and I’ll do whatever I can,” Halle said. “I like to think most of us would do the exact same thing I did.”