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DSCN0834Date and Time of Release: 4 October 2010

Date and Time of Incident: 5 October 2010

Subject: Lifesaving Commendations-Four Officers Honored

The Sonora Police Department expects a high level of professional conduct from all its employees. However, members of the department frequently perform their duties in a manner exceeding the highest standards of the department. When such conduct occurs, official awards and commendations are presented to recognize those employees who have demonstrated exceptional service to the department and community.

On Monday, 4 October 2010, four officers from the Sonora Police Department were presented the Department’s Lifesaving Commendation, before the Sonora City Council. The officers were (as pictured from left to right); Officer Ryan Webb; Officer Jaemie Boeding; Officer Andrew Theodore; Officer John Mager. During the past year and a half, each of these officers preformed an exceptional act of heroism which resulted in three people surviving tragic situation.

1 April 2009, Officer John Mager and Officer Jaemie Boeding responded to a medical aid call of an unresponsive person on Linoberg Street. Upon Officer Mager’s arrival, he located a 56 year old female sitting in a chair. Officer Mager quickly noticed that the female subject was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse.
While Officer Mager was moving the victim to the floor, Officer Boeding arrived on scene. Officer Mager advised Officer Boeding of the victim’s condition and they began performing CPR. After approx. two minutes of performing CRP, the victim resumed breathing on her own and a pulse was detected. Officer Mager and Officer Boeding continued to provide aid for the victim until medical services arrived.

11 June 2009, Officer Ryan Webb responded to a medical aid call of an attempted suicide at on South Stewart Street. Upon Officer Webb’s arrival, he located a 25 year old female, who was unconscious on a sofa. Officer Webb moved the female’s lifeless body to the floor and discovered she was not breathing and had no pulse.
Officer Webb summoned the assistance of the female’s father to assist him in administering CPR. Officer Webb instructed the female’s father on how to perform rescue breathing, while he began chest compressions. Officer Webb and the female’s father were able to revive the female to the point where she regained a pulse.

19 March 2010, Officer Andrew Theodore responded to a medical aid call on Cottage Court for a report of a toddler who had fallen down a stairway. Upon Officer Theodore’s arrival, he determined that the child was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. He also noticed that the child had sustained severe head trauma as a result of the fall. Officer Theodore notified dispatch and then immediately began CPR. Officer Theodore was able to revive the child to the point where the child started breathing on their own.

The knowledge of lifesaving techniques, along with the swift actions demonstrated by these four fine officers, certainly contributed to these three individuals survival. The officer’s dedication to the job and to the community in which they serve brings great credit upon them, the City of Sonora, and the law enforcement profession.