Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

#LASD Deputies may experience extreme highs and lows during the same working shift. One minute they are typing a report and the next they are responding to an emergency. Counted on for their independent processing skills, deputies have to assess and solve problems quickly using their accumulated training experience and life skills. Their performance may sometimes make a difference between life and death.


Countless deputies have responded to emergent calls concerning babies throughout the past 168 years. In the early 70s, Deputy Rick Gonzalez and Sergeant Bill Stonich delivered a baby in the back seat of a compact car, which was located in the rear parking lot of East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. Little Juan Ortiz became the first baby delivered at ELA Station.


In 2018, Lakewood Deputy Milton discovered an unresponsive 9-month-old baby during a traffic stop. He immediately summoned help from other deputies. Deputy Farrington quickly arrived to assist. In seconds, they rushed the baby to the nearest hospital in their patrol vehicle. While Deputy Farrington drove, Deputy Milton administered CPR and was able to resuscitate the infant prior to arriving at the hospital. Deputy Milton and Deputy Farrington’s fast actions and great judgment saved the baby’s life.


Being a good deputy sheriff is not just about physical skill. Emotional intelligence plays a unique role in law enforcement work. To keep a clear head while in high-risk situations is a critical skill that sets law enforcement officers apart. In a split second, the soul of bravery shows the heart of a deputy sheriff. When you need help, we are here.