What is a Lifesaving Citation

The Lifesaving Citation shall be issued to an enforcement member who personally saves a life. The lifesaving effort will normally involve on of the learned life-supporting processes: mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims, or control of severe bleeding. Actions meriting this award shall be significant actions by the enforcement member(s), and not routine measures unless such measures are performed under difficult or dangerous conditions. This citation shall be awarded only if the victim survives.

The Following Officers Have Been Awarded This Citation

On February 3, 2010, Officer Bergstrom (left) and Sgt. Hansen (right) responded to a school bus accident involving a 9-year-old boy being run over by a bus. Officers responded and found that the boy had life threatening injuries. Because of the fast response from the officers and rescue, the boy survived this horrific accident. The officers each received a Lifesaving Citation for their actions in this case.
On September 18, 2011, Officer LaPalm was involved in a high speed chase involving an intoxicated female. The female lost control and crashed head-on into a semi tanker truck, causing both vehicles to burst into flames. Officer LaPalm gained access to the burning vehicle and pulled the trapped female from the car. The female ultimately survived the accident but not without the actions from Officer LaPalm. Officer LaPalm received a Lifesaving Citation for his actions in this case.
On November 30, 2013, Sgt. Karaja was called to a vehicle in the ditch. Sgt. Karaja responded and found an unconscious female in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Sgt. Karaja noticed that the vehicle had started on fire with the female in the driver's seat. Sgt. Karaja and passerby pulled the female from the burning vehicle, saving her life. Sgt. Karaja received a Lifesaving Citation for his actions in this case.