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Life Saving Incident

February 23, 2022
Monroe County
Key West

On Feb. 23, Officer Andrea Bernatova and Officer Thomas Haynie responded to a call of an elderly man having a heart attack. Both officers rushed to the suite and found the man on the floor unresponsive and with no pulse, Key West Police Department spokeswoman Alyson Crean said. The officer's immediately began resuscitation efforts, continuing until Key West Rescue arrived on scene and took over the patient’s care. The man was transported to the hospital where he regained a pulse. He was subsequently airlifted.“The quick response and outstanding ability to work together likely saved the life of this man,” said Chief of Police Sean Brandenburg. “Officers Bernatova and Haynie have rightly earned the Lifesaving Award.”

The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.