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Northeast Times | July 3, 2022

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Colleyville City Council Honors Officers for Lifesaving Efforts

Colleyville City Council Honors Officers for Lifesaving Efforts

Two Colleyville Police officers were recognized Tuesday night at the Colleyville City Council meeting for lifesaving efforts in two separate events that occurred in the last 5 months.

City officials recognized the officers who helped save the life of a Colleyville resident in September 2018. Officers Rafael Cortes and Darren Smith responded to  a call regarding a man found unresponsive. When officers arrived, the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The officers immediately started administering CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene to take over care of the patient. The patient lived and even made a visit to the fire station to thank the officers and paramedics who had a hand in saving his life.

Officer Smith was involved in a second lifesaving event in January. He responded to a call of a resident found not breathing. Officer Smith was the first to arrive on scene and found the patient unresponsive, not breathing, and with no pulse. Officer Smith began CPR and instructed the man’s wife on how to keep her husband’s airway in an unobstructed position. After continued chest compressions, the patient began breathing on his own. Officer Smith performed CPR, alone, for five minutes prior to the arrival of Fire personnel. During the time Officer Smith was performing CPR, he maintained communication with other responding units and with the patient’s distraught wife.

City officials applauded the efforts of these outstanding officers and they were each honored with Life Saver Awards for their actions. There is no greater service than saving another person’s life. We commend both Officer Smith and Officer Cortes for their quick response and lifesaving actions. Because of Officer Smith and Cortes, two of our citizens were given another chance to live!