HESPERIA - Among the many public safety personnel who were honored at the sixth annual Sheriff's Lifesaving Awards, two Hesperia School Police officers stood out among the crowd Friday for their quick-thinking after they rescued and revived a young woman.
Hesperia High School police officers Gerry Longnecker and Kevin Bacor were recognized for their bravery during the ceremony after saving the life of a 24-year-old female in September.
"We were just out doing our job. It's a great honor to be recognized and sometimes we don't expect to be for the things we do, and when we do it's really nice," Longnecker said.
On Sept. 30 just before 1 p.m., San Bernardino County Dispatch reported a call of a man yelling on 911 that someone was not breathing. The male caller was heard yelling "Baby wake up. Baby wake up" as dispatch advised the medical call was occurring in the parking lot of the 99 Cent Store on Main Street and Topaz Avenue in Hesperia.
Both Longnecker and Bacor happened to be nearby when the call came. Responding deputies said "they were extremely extended."
"The day it happened we had just finished up the afternoon lunch period when we heard the call come out about someone not breathing. From the sound of it we thought it was a baby and we were worried," Longnecker said.
Knowing they were closer than other responding units and fearing for the young child's life, Longnecker and Bacor quickly made their way over to the store parking lot to assist the person not breathing.
Upon arrival, both officers found the male caller in his vehicle with a 24-year-old female who was not breathing and had no pulse.
"When we got on scene, we realized it wasn't a baby and the woman was unconscious and turning blue," Longenecker said. "Bacor and I help her out of her vehicle and he started performing CPR on the woman until the fire department showed up and brought her back to life."
After several minutes of diligent CPR the victim regained a pulse and shallow breathing. The woman was then transported to a nearby hospital, where she made a full recovery and was eventually released.
Longnecker and Bacor said they were beyond honored to have been nominated for the award and hope to continue serving their community.
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