Life Saving Incident
May 6, 2022
SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office recognized Deputy Robert Fertal with the lifesaving award for his heroic actions last year.
Deputy Fertal, assigned to the patrol division, agreed to fill in on May 6 for the school resource officer at a local high school. During the first period, Deputy Fertal was called and responded to a classroom medical emergency that involved a 17-year-old student lying on the floor, unresponsive and not breathing. Students told Deputy Fertal the student choked on some food, and attempts had been made by some of the students and the teacher to help but were unsuccessful. Deputy Fertal revived the student by following his training and administering chest compressions. The student dispelled the blockage and began breathing. The teacher said if Deputy Fertal had not been there and taken immediate action the student could have died. She said Deputy Fertal stayed calm during the incident and saved the student'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.