Just two weeks out of the academy, a rookie sheriff's deputy used his newly-learned skills to save the life of a crash victim on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday.
Deputy Jason Flores was on his way home from work Wednesday afternoon when he came upon an unresponsive man locked inside a vehicle that had crashed into the center divider, a news release from the department stated.
Flores broke a window to unlock the door, but as he attempted to wake the driver, the deputy realized the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse.
He and another passerby managed to pulled the man out of the car and while Flores performed CPR, the passerby called 911, the release stated.
At that point, two off-duty nurses also stopped to assist with the medical emergency.
It turned out the crash victim was a dialysis patient who suffered a heart attack while driving, authorities said.
He suffered two more heart attacks on the way to the hospital, but paramedics were able to revive him.
The man underwent emergency surgery and was listed in stable condition Friday.
“We’re very proud of Deputy Flores and very proud of the relationship we have with our partner agencies and certainly people who take the initiative to help somebody else, in this case we saved a life,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “We walk a little bit taller knowing that we have people out there saving lives.”