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Life Saving Incident

March 5, 2019
Marquette County

The Michigan State Police has recognized a trooper who saved a woman who was overdosing during a traffic stop for speeding. Trooper Joseph Ballone of the MSP’s Negaunee Post received the department’s Lifesaving Award for his actions during the March 5 incident in which he performed CPR and administered Narcan to the woman, who was unresponsive when he returned to the vehicle after checking her driver and vehicle IDs. “The Negaunee Post wishes to celebrate Trooper Ballone’s recognition and congratulate him for successful actions he took to preserve the life of one of our citizens,” a police statement said. Upon finding her slouched over, Ballone made several quick decisions that ultimately saved her life including calling for emergency medical services, checking her vitals to determine a fading pulse and using AED pads. When the AED pads were ineffective, he began CPR. During this time, the driver’s employer called her phone and advised Ballone that the driver had abused opioids in the past and may have recently relapsed. The new information prompted Ballone to use Narcan. Continued CPR by the trooper and EMS that arrived on scene eventually revived the woman. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and made a full recovery. “If not for Trooper Ballone’s extraordinary actions, the driver would not have survived,” a police statement said. The MSP Board of Awards meets semi-annually to review award nominations for extraordinary actions taken by department members while fulfilling their duties. The award was authorized by Colonel Joseph Gasper, Director of the Michigan State Police.

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.