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Life Saving Incident

May 6, 2022
San Diego County
San Diego

On May 6, 2022, a16-year-old boy was riding his bicycle with his friends when he collided with a car and was thrown on the pavement. The boy picked himself up and, along with his friends, left the scene. Forty minutes later the young man’s parents called 9-1-1 about the collision. Officer Bergeron responded with paramedics and met with the victim and his friends. One of the boys told Officer Bergeron his friend was rendered unconscious at the time of the collision and he did not recognize them when he regained consciousness. Officer Bergeron also learned the young man had vomited twice. Against medical advice, the victim turned medics away and they left the scene. Officer Irwin, a registered physician’s assistant, arrived at the scene and evaluated the injuries. Officer Irwin discovered the victim did not remember the collision. After conferring with Officer Bergeron, both officers recognized that the symptoms were indicative of a brain injury and called paramedics back to the scene for immediate transport to an emergency room. The child was taken by ambulance to Scripps Mercy Hospital where it was discovered he suffered a life-threatening head injury and underwent emergency brain surgery. According to Doctor Clayton Whiting at Scripps Mercy Hospital, without Officers Bergeron and Irwin’s insistence on transport to a trauma center, the victim could have died. For their efforts Officer Jennifer Bergeron and Officer Larry Irwin were awarded a lifesaving citation.

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.