Life Saving Incident
April 1, 2021
San Diego County
On April 1, 2021, at approximately about 3 a.m., Officer Joshua Alvarez-Tostado and Officer Nadia De Alba responded to a roll-over traffic collision. Suspecting the male driver could be drunk, the officers began a field sobriety test. Instead of complying the suspect fled on foot. As officers gave chase, the man slashed his own throat with a knife and continued running. Officers eventually caught up to the man and took him into custody. The man was bleeding profusely from the neck. Recognizing the immediate danger their prisoner was in, Officer Alvarez and Officer De Alba rendered immediate medical aid by applying quick clot gauze and pressure to the wound. As officers were applying pressure to stop the bleeding, their handcuffed prisoner drew a second knife. Despite the obvious danger of being stabbed Officer De Alba was able to disarm the man, all while maintaining pressure on his wound. Officer De Alba and Officer Alvarez maintained pressure to the mans wounds for approximately 12 minutes until medics arrived.The prisoner was transported to a hospital where it was discovered the man had cut his own jugular vein and would have bled to death without the immediate medical aid applied by Officer Alvarez and Officer De Alba. For their efforts Officer Alvarez and Officer De Alba were awarded the 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.