Editor's Note: Here are the official commendations for two Cheshire police officers:
On August 16, 2011 at 12:52 am, Officers Devin Flood and Jason Bodell were dispatched to a residence on South Main Street on a report of a female who was unconscious and not breathing. Further information was obtained indicating that the woman may have overdosed on drugs. Upon their arrival, Officer Flood and Officer Bodell were directed to a second floor bedroom where they found the female patient who was pale in color and did not appear to be breathing. The officers worked together to assess and begin rescue breathing using an ambu-bag. The officers continued to treat the female until the arrival of paramedics. After further evaluation, the medics administered medication to the patient. She ultimately regained consciousness and was transported to an area hospital for further treatment. The immediate life-saving actions taken by Officer Flood and Officer Bodell contributed to the successful treatment of the woman under life-threatening circumstances.
Officer Devin Flood, your actions are a credit to you as a law enforcement officer and to the Cheshire Police Department. You are hereby awarded the Cheshire Police Department’s Life Saving Award on this, the 11th day of September, 2012.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------On July 1, 2011 at 4:00 am, Officer Kristian Johnson was dispatched to a residence on Radmere Road on a report of a male with difficulty breathing. Further information was obtained indicating that the man may have overdosed on drugs. Upon his arrival, Officer Johnson entered the house where he found a mother and father standing over their lifeless teenage son. The teen was unconscious, not breathing, had no pulse and was turning blue from lack of oxygen. Officer Johnson immediately began rescue breathing using an ambu-bag. After a short time, the patient began shallow, labored breathing. Officer Johnson continued rescue breathing for several minutes until paramedics arrived and administered medication to counteract the narcotics. The teen then began to breathe on his own and regained consciousness. It is because of the quick actions of Officer Johnson that the teenager received oxygen in time to ultimately save his life.
Officer Johnson, your actions are a credit to you as a law enforcement officer and to the Cheshire Police Department. You are hereby awarded the Cheshire Police Department’s Life Saving Award on this, the 11th day of September, 2012.
Neil Dryfe, chief of police.