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Loudoun sheriff’s deputy saves teen’s life

Loudoun County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Heller, who saved a teenager's life with quick action. (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

Leesburg Today reports that Heller was on patrol near the parkway and Leesburg Pike about 8:15 p.m. on April 6 when he saw a distraught woman standing next to a stopped car. The woman reported that her daughter could not breathe, due to an asthma attack, and was dying.

The 14-year-old girl was in anaphylactic shock, and so Heller made the decision to put her in his cruiser and drive her to Inova Loudoun Hospital rather than wait for an ambulance, Leesburg Today reports. Sheriff Steve Simpson told the paper that “Deputy Heller’s quick thinking likely saved this young girl’s life.”

Heller joined the Loudoun sheriff’s office in 2008 after 20 years with the New York Police Department.

Leesburg Today’s story is here.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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