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Life Saving Incident

November 2022
Sacramento County

A police officer who had already received three Life Saving Awards just received his fourth after David Rojo saved the life of a man suffering a heart attack. Without the quick actions of Officer Rojo, the man would not be alive today. Rojo had responded to a call regarding a man who collapsed while watching a cross-country event at Folsom High School. It was later known that the man suffered a heart attack. Officer Rojo arrived to find the man unconscious. Officer Rojo immediately began performing CPR. He continued for about five minutes. Within that time, the man woke up briefly before losing consciousness again. "Every second counts, so as soon as you know that medical aid is required, CPR is crucial for everyone to have better odds at surviving," Officer Rojo later said. The man was taken to UC Davis Medical Center then transported to Sutter Health for emergency open heart surgery. The surgery was a success and the man was expected to make a full recovery. But surgery would not have been possible without Officer Rojo's speedy response. "Words can't describe the feeling when you're saving someone's life. You have that emotional connection from there on out with that person...I want to make a difference each and every single day," Officer Rojo said. In a statement obtained by a local news station, the man said "words cannot express the gratitude I feel for Officer Rojo and everyone that helped me on the field that day. Because of the good Samaritans, paramedics, and the fire department, I am here today. This event was the start of a lifelong friendship between officer Rojo and myself. I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and well wishes."

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.