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Life Saving Incident

San Mateo County

Officer Matthew Sheedy received an award for his lifesaving service from the Pacifica Police Department and Pacifica City Council at the May 9 City Council meeting. Sheedy responded to the call about a man having a mental health crisis and was attempting to make contact at the door, where he could hear the screams of a man inside the residence, Police Capt. Bill Glasgo said. Sheedy immediately requested additional police units. A few moments later, the man exited the residence bleeding heavily from his left arm, Glasgo said. Sheedy called for emergency medical personnel and instructed an officer to put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding, Glasgo said. As Sheedy was inspecting the wound, he learned the man had just stabbed himself with a knife through his arm, possibly puncturing a major artery. Sheedy ran into the house and grabbed a towel to wrap the stab wound, Glasgo said. Sheedy, without hesitation, instructed an officer to remove a tourniquet from his duty belt, Glasgo said. Sheedy was able to safely apply the tourniquet and stop the bleeding, Glasgo said. While this was going on, the man was losing consciousness. Sheedy reassured him he was going to be all right, Glasgo said. Sheedy continued to ask questions and keep him alert, Glasgo said. When medical personnel arrived on scene, Sheedy was able to provide a complete update of his actions. A North County Fire Authority captain who was on scene said if it wasn’t for the quick actions of Sheedy, the man could have died due to the large amount of blood lost, said Glasgo. Sheedy is being commended for his quick actions and lifesaving measures, Glasgo said. Sheedy thanked his family, everyone in the police department and City Council when he received his award. City Council members said it was he who deserved their thanks. “You are a model for what service looks like,” said Councilman Tygarjas Bigstyck. “Thank you.”

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.