Autauga MP Allie Livingston honored for saving woman’s life
PRATTVILLE – Allie Livingston says don’t call him a hero.
On Thursday morning, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office deputy received a vital award from her boss for recently helping a woman who was going through anaphylactic shock.
On May 5, Hope Little was playing softball at Mac Gray Park in Prattville. She was in the outfield with her husband, Eddie, when a yellow jacket caught on her jersey and stung her. Hope Little is allergic to bee stings and started rushing to the dugout where her EpiPen was.
She never got there.
She felt her throat constrict, remembers not being able to breathe and then everything went black.
Her teammates tried to use the EpiPen on her, but were unsure how to deliver the life-saving dose of epinephrine, which would neutralize the allergic reaction.
“I saw everyone struggling to use the pen, so I walked through the door and took control of the situation,” Livingston said.
Just seconds after being dosed, Hope Little said she regained consciousness.
“She’s my heroine,” said Hope Little, just after hugging Livingston at the end of the medal ceremony.
Sheriff Joe Sedinger became emotional during the ceremony, recounting what happened.
“We are very proud of Allie,” he said. “It makes me very proud to have good people working for the sheriff’s office.”
Livingston looked at the medal, held in place by a red and white ribbon hanging from his uniform shirt. She called winning the award “An honor.”
“I didn’t expect it, I didn’t do it to get an award,” she said.
An EpiPen is a self-injectable device, but steps must be taken for it to work. Livingston was trained in their use when she was at the police academy. Hope Little is grateful for this training.
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“My husband and I have two beautiful children who could have easily lost their mother that night,” she wrote in an email to Sedinger after the event. “Thanks to Deputy Livingston’s quick action, they didn’t have to go through this. I owe her my life and she will forever be my hero.”
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That night, after the injection, Hope Little remembers hearing the sirens of a Prattville Fire Department ambulance coming to the stadium to answer the call for help. She received follow-up medical care.
She’s been allergic to bee stings here all her life. At 38, it was only the second time she had to use the pen. The first was in high school.
Her thoughts were not comforting as she struggled to get to the dugout that day, and her bullet bag that contained the EpiPen. She looked at her husband.
“The only thing I could think of was ‘I’m not going to make it,'” Hope Little said.
She has recovered from the sting and has no intention of changing her active lifestyle. The EpiPen will be there.
“I believe God puts people in the right place at the right time,” the sheriff said. “I believe God put Deputy Livingston in that softball game for a reason.”
Livingston, 22, has worked at the office for about two years. She is a “road assistant” assigned to the patrol division and is one of two K-9 officers in the department.
Sedinger said he had a feeling about her when he first interviewed her.
“She was 19 and something about her was coming out,” he said. “You know when you feel like someone you just met is special? That’s how I felt about Allie.”
Sedinger said he had no hesitation in hiring him, but time was a factor. In Alabama, you have to be 21 to be a sworn law enforcement officer. She was hired and plans were made to send her to the academy.
“There have been three or four classes canceled because of COVID,” he said. “So when she went and graduated, she was 21.”
Livingston said the whole situation serves to show why everyone needs to know how to use an EpiPen.
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