In last week of 30-year career, Calif. cop saves a life

Officer Darrell Cortez saved an elderly woman hanging from a tree

By Sean Webby
San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Less than a week until his retirement, San Jose police officer Darrell Cortez figured he would work his last few patrol shifts, already looking forward to continuing his work as state president of the Latino Peace Officers' Association and playing a few leisurely rounds at Los Lagos.

But this morning, the 52-year-old officer found himself cutting down a woman hanging from a rope dangling from a downtown tree and resuscitating her.

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