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Life Saving Incident

October 22, 2021
San Joaquin County

On October 22, 2021, Officer Richard Francis responded to an incident regarding a shooting at a residence. Upon arrival, Officer Francis located a male suffering from a gunshot wound and immediately applied a tourniquet, thus stopping the flow of blood. The victim's wound resulted in a partial transection of the femoral artery, a fatal wound if not immediately addressed. Ripon Consolidated Fire personnel arrived and took over care, and the subject ultimately, after having undergone emergency surgery, survived his wounds. Ripon Police Department says that because of Officer Francis's swift actions and professionalism on this date reflect greatly upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the Ripon Police Department.

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.