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SHERIFF JIM MCDONNELL HONORS LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HEROES

On November 29, 2018, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) formally recognized 26 of their personnel for their heroic actions.  Each were presented with the Lifesaving Award, which is given to employees or reserve members of the Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life that otherwise would have been lost without the employee’s direct involvement.

In addition, Sheriff McDonnell awarded the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Star Scroll to a Good Samaritan, Mr. Ben Bivens, who assisted an off-duty sergeant render aid to the victims of a horrific traffic collision.   

LASD Helicopter Mechanic Duke Lam was in attendance.  Mr. Lam sustained major injuries when while filling air into a flat tire of a Department airplane, it suddenly exploded.

The honorees were as follows:
 
DEPUTY DARIN L. VAN ARSDALE II
On March 4, 2017, Deputy Van Arsdale responded to a service call of a male experiencing a medical emergency.  Deputy Van Arsdale administered CPR to the individual, who had no pulse and was not breathing.  Deputy Van Arsdale continued chest compressions while paramedics prepared the electric defibrillator.  The male was eventually stabilized and transported to a local hospital.  The Fire Captain later called the station to commend Deputy Van Arsdale’s efforts, and was adamant that without his quick thinking, the man would have passed away.   

SERGEANT TRAVIS E. KELLY
DEPUTY ALFRED A. HERNANDEZ
DEPUTY PATRICK E. NEILL
DEPUTY JAMES M. WLCEK
DEPUTY JOSEPH G. YAPP
On December 20, 2016, while working at North County Correctional Facility, Deputies Yapp, Neill, Hernandez, Wlcek, and Sergeant Kelly entered a dorm and found an inmate had collapsed on the ground.  While waiting for the arrival of paramedics, at the direction of Sergeant Kelly, the deputies quickly began CPR.  The inmate was transported to a local hospital soon after, and ultimately survived.  The deputies’ assessment and teamwork contributed tremendously to the inmate’s survival. 
 
DEPUTY PETE CARRANZA
On January 21, 2017, while assigned to North County Correctional Facility, Deputy Carranza noticed an inmate who appeared to be in distress.  When he quickly confirmed that the inmate was choking on food, he performed the Heimlich maneuver.  Because of Deputy Carranza’s efforts, the food became dislodged from the inmate’s throat and he began to breathe normally.  As a result of Deputy Carranza’s quick actions, he saved the inmate’s life. 

SERGEANT LEE SCHRIEVER
DEPUTY AARON TANNER
DEPUTY SYLVESTER HARDISON
DEPUTY JOSHUA RANIAG
DEPUTY JOSEPH SEXTON-ESPIRITI
On April 29, 2017, a missing person call for service was dispatched to Sergeant Schriever (a deputy at the time) and Deputy Tanner.  They learned that the missing person was also suicidal.  These two deputies, along with their partners, worked expeditiously to locate the woman’s vehicle in a very rural area of Palmdale.  The woman was found in her vehicle, unconscious, with clear evidence of her attempt to commit suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning.  The deputies proceeded to wake her and coordinated with LA County Fire for further care.  These heroes are credited with saving her life.      
 
DEPUTY JAMES CULLEN
DEPUTY JOSE DOMINGUEZ
On October 28, 2016, Deputies Cullen and Dominguez responded to a “baby not breathing” call at a residence.  They arrived to find distraught family members and a 10-month-old baby whose lips were turning blue.  The deputies performed CPR but realized that they needed to get the infant further medical assistance.  Coordinating a response via radio, Deputies Cullen and Dominguez drove the infant to a nearby hospital while continuing to perform CPR.  Due to their quick response and resourcefulness, the baby survived. 

SERGEANT CHARLES WEATHERS
On April 29, 2017, Sergeant Weathers was driving to work on a winding, two-lane road, when he witnessed a head-on traffic collision between a truck and a small vehicle.  Sergeant Weathers stopped to assist several critically-injured victims, and located a child trapped in the backseat of the truck.  He coordinated care for her with the help of several bystanders, using CPR and an automated external defibrillator.  Sergeant Weathers demonstrated extraordinary leadership and empathy in this tragic situation. 
 
 
DEPUTY JORGE GUTIERREZ
On June 4, 2017, Deputy Gutierrez responded to a “person choking” call at a restaurant.  He came across a male struggling to breathe and his face was turning purple.  Deputy Gutierrez immediately began abdominal thrusts to dislodge the food that was causing the man to choke.  Deputy Gutierrez’s heroic actions allowed the man to breathe again. 
 
SERGEANT TODD KAMMER
DEPUTY JEFFREY TESDAHL
DEPUTY DAVID WENDLANDT
On October 18, 2016, Deputy Elwood Crane of Emergency Operations Bureau, suffered a life-threatening industrial accident while working on a task with Sergeant Kammer, Deputy Tesdahl, and Deputy Wendlandt.  When a wooden pallet carrying extremely heavy metal toolboxes fell atop Deputy Crane, his partners rushed to assist him in an expeditious and coordinated manner.  They removed the debris that had crushed Deputy Crane and tried to revive him.  Suffering from internal bleeding and severe visible injuries, Deputy Crane was transported via LA County Fire helicopter to a nearby medical center.  He is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to the swift rescue efforts of Sergeant Kammer and deputies Tesdahl and Wendlendt.    

DEPUTY MICHAEL FOSTER
DEPUTY LUIS MONREAL
DEPUTY MANUEL SALDIVAR
DEPUTY ISIDRO VILLASENOR
On November 20, 2015, these deputies responded to a residence in Pico Rivera regarding an attempt suicide call.  When they arrived, they found a male approximately 13 feet off the ground, hanging from an electrical cord tied around his neck.  The male’s daughter was on top of a fence nearby, lifting her father in the hopes of releasing him.  They joined the man’s daughter as they precariously balanced on the fence.  They were ultimately able to life and release the male from the cord noose.  The man survived, and visited the station to thank the deputies for saving his life.

DEPUTY CHRISTOPHER BLOMQUIST
DEPUTY EMMA VIDES
On October 12, 2017, Deputies Blomquist and Vides were patrolling the Metro Blue Line when they observed a male slumped over on a bus bench.  They stopped to check on his welfare and found him to be in medical distress.  In assessing his vital signs, the deputies found the male had no pulse and began CPR until paramedics arrived.  Paramedics administered NARCAN and the male was transported for further treatment.  The Fire Captain advised that without the initial lifesaving measures of the deputies, the incident could have ended tragically.
 
SERGEANT RONALD REYNOLDS
On March 3, 2017, Sergeant Reynolds was patrolling the rail lines when he observed what appeared to be a male and female involved in a physical altercation.  When Sergeant Reynolds stopped his patrol car to investigate, he realized that the male was providing medical assistance to the choking female.  Sergeant Reynolds began the Heimlich maneuver and continued for several minutes until she was able to dislodge the food.  She regained full consciousness and expressed gratitude to Sergeant Reynolds for saving her life. 
 
DEPUTY RICHARD ALVAREZ
DEPUTY PEDRO MAGDALENO JR.
On December 16, 2016, Deputies Alvarez and Magdaleno responded to an overdose call.  The victim was lying on the ground, unresponsive, and displayed symptoms of an overdose.  His frantic family members’ pleaded with the deputies to save the victim.  Before the Fire Department responded, the deputies began chest compressions and the victim regained consciousness.  The deputies are credited with saving the man’s life. 
 
SERGEANT DAVID CARVER
SERGEANT ROBERT RENTERIA
DEPUTY CHARLES GONZALEZ
DEPUTY CLINT HUGHES
On April 6, 2017, an industrial accident involving a helicopter mechanic assigned to Aero Bureau occurred.  The helicopter mechanic, Mr. Duke Lam, had been inflating the tire of a Department aircraft when the tire suddenly exploded, causing Mr. Lam tremendous life-threatening injuries.  Sergeants Carver and Renteria, and Deputies Gonzalez and Hughes, immediately came to his aid.  While waiting for paramedics, they tried to stop Mr. Lam’s uncontrolled bleeding using a combination of makeshift tourniquets and available medical equipment.  Paramedics transported Mr. Lam to a hospital where he underwent treatment for his severe injuries.  Miraculously, Mr. Lam survived and attended the Lifesaving Award ceremony in a display of gratitude for the LASD personnel who saved his life.