Saving lives is part of the job
While firefighters and medics are constantly credited in the mainstream media as life savers, police officers save lives every day, too
When it comes to giving CPR, it seems there are those who do and those who don’t. Two incidents that made the headlines in the past few days came within hours of each other — but with two completely different approaches and outcomes.
On the morning of February 26, an 87-year-old woman at an independent living facility in Bakersfield (Calif.) collapsed in what appeared to be sudden cardiac arrest.
A woman at the facility called 911 to request medical assistance. During the seven-minute call, she refused to give CPR — citing facility policy — despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher. The Bakersfield Police Department has opened an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing in the incident at the Glenwood Gardens independent living facility.
Quick, Decisive Action
Video footage showed Simmons — with the assistance of two others — bringing the 41-year-old man inside the gas station convenience store and performing CPR.
Simmons' quick, decisive action proved effective. The man soon began breathing on his own. Paramedics arrived, and transferred him to a nearby medical facility for further care.
“Had it not been for MPO Simmons’ training and quick response, the outcome of this situation could have been disastrous,” Major Chris Matson said of the incident.
Both stories are prone to evoke strong emotions, and understandably, both have captured the attention of first responders and civilians alike. For us, MPO Simmons’ story offers some things to think about:
• Do you think it’s more likely that during your next shift you’ll: a.) discharge your service weapon, b.) provide medical assistance, c.) both, or d.) neither?
Cops Save Lives Every Day
It’s fundamental to the ethos “to protect and serve.”
Cops push inattentive women from the path of oncoming vehicles.
Cops pull suicidal men to safety from a precarious perch.
“All in a day’s work,” they say.
“Just doing my job,” they say.
What will you do today, at work, on the job, to serve and protect?
Stay safe, my friends.
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