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Life Saving Incident

March 22, 2019
Los Angeles County
Culver City

On the afternoon of March 22, 2019, Culver City Police officer Brian Cappell responded to a call of a 9 month old baby girl choking nearby, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported. Body camera footage shows Janet Lockridge's 10-year-old daughter, Auria, leading Cappell to her mother's car, where her sister, Harleigh, was suffering from the life-threatening emergency. "She was struggling for air, she was struggling to breath," Lockridge said. As Officer Cappell approached the car, the worried mother could be heard crying as she tried to figure out how to help her baby. "I was afraid," she said. "I didn't know what the outcome was going to be, and I was just praying the whole entire time." Officer Cappell then "reverted back to his training" and grabbed the little girl, placing her face-down in his hands so he could give her some firm slaps on her back. To his relief, the method worked. "Once I heard the baby crying, it was the best sound I ever heard in my life," he said. Janet Lockridge told KABC she is "extremely grateful" for the officer who saved her daughter. The next day Officer Cappell posed with Harleigh, who had since recovered from the accident. Lockridge told the station that she is "extremely, extremely grateful" that Officer Cappell was nearby to help save her daughter's life. "I am, like, indebted to him forever," she said. "It was amazing. It was truly amazing."

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.
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