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Life Saving Incident

June 20, 2002
Los Angeles County

On Thursday, June 20, 2002, at approximately 6:45 p.m., off- duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer Kimberly Porter was driving home when she observed a woman holding a small baby, 14-month-old, in her arm. The woman was frantically shouting for help in the street on Madison Street near Del Amo Boulevard in the City of Torrance. Officer Porter immediately pulled over to assist the woman. Officer Porter further observed the baby to be blueish in color, pulse-less, and not breathing. As Officer Porter told the woman to call 9-1-1, she positioned the baby in a grassy area next to the sidewalk and began performing CPR. An unknown citizen also responded and assisted Officer Porter during the CPR. The baby’s mother was unable to get through to the 9-1-1 operator via cellular phone. Officer Porter then made a quick decision to call her husband, an LAPD sergeant assigned at the time as the Watch commander at LAPD’s Harbor Area Community Police Station. Sergeant Michael Porter then contacted the Torrance Fire Department and requested that they respond to the location. By the time Torrance Fire Department personnel responded, the baby had recovered and resumed breathing on his own. The baby was transported to a local hospital where he is doing fine. Officer Porter, despite being six months pregnant, elected to stop and aid a community member who was in need of emergency service. She saved the baby’s life.

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.