01/28/2010

Wash. deputy saves woman, loses job to budget cuts

Deputy Robert Mirabal, due to lose his job due to cutbacks, saved a badly injured woman

King5.com

OAK HARBOR, Wash. — It was a chance discovery, on a rural road, in the middle of the night. Deputy Robert Mirabal was driving north on Highway 525 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he spotted something "dressed in all black."

He pulled over, and discovered a woman, bruised and beaten.

"She had blood all over her face, and her arm was up against her," he said. Mirabal knew, from his time as a Oak Harbor volunteer firefighter and EMT, that the woman needed immediate help. She was woozy, and didn't want to say what happened. The deputy plead with her to seek help. She initially refused, but finally relented and accepted a trip to Whidbey General. Doctors discovered the 51-year-old woman had a subarachnoid hematoma, bleeding near the brain which, if not discovered early, could have killed her.

She's now in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to authorities.

It may also not have turned out the same way, if the same thing happened about a week later. That's because Mirabal is scheduled to lose his badge on Sunday, the victim of county budget cuts. Commissioners eliminated the position last December, and the six-month-veteran was considered the lowered tenured deputy and was therefore,laid off.

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