Prescott AZ (February 21, 2019) – During a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Agency Award ceremony last month, 4 Detention Officers were recognized for saving the life of an inmate in medical distress. On November 16, 2018, Detention Officer’s Brandon Rouse, Paul Balm, Jacob Liptow and Sgt. Shane Chaves, responded to an alert of an inmate possibly having a seizure.
Officers attempted to wake the concerned inmate without success while noticing white foam and blood around his mouth. Upon further evaluation, the inmate had no pulse and was not breathing. Officers began CPR and retrieved the automated external defibrillator (AED) unit. The AED was used to deliver four separate shocks and officers continued CPR compressions in between transmissions of shocks. When EMS arrived, the inmate had a pulse and was breathing. Due to the quick thinking, decisive actions and working as a team, each officer involved contributed to the saving of the inmate’s life.
Sheriff Mascher, “I am extremely proud of the commitment you showed to aid an inmate in medical distress. You are dedicated professionals who are a credit to this agency and an example to follow.”
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260