Hero Officer’s Recognized for Life Saving CPR and Rapid Response

The Fairfield Police Department would like to recognize the excellent performance of our area Emergency Services working as one team in an emergency response.

On July 11, 2023, our Dispatch Center received a 911 call involving a serious medical emergency in a vehicle on Highway 34 as it bypasses Fairfield. Two Fairfield Police Department’s Communications Specialists (CS), Dispatch Supervisor Shannon Pester and CS Kate Waller, gave pre-arrival, lifesaving instructions to the 911 caller. The two Communications Specialists simultaneously dispatched the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) unit with the Fairfield Fire Department (FFD), Care Ambulance, two Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Deputies, and a Fairfield Police Department (FPD) Officer to assist in the high-risk traffic area.

JCSO Deputy Tyler Rysdam, JCSO Deputy Nelson Torres Rodriguez, and FPD Sergeant William Riegel arrived at the scene before Emergency Medical Services. The medical emergency patient was removed from the vehicle to assess. The patient did not have a pulse and CPR was initiated. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was also applied to the patient and utilized. The patient was transported to the Jefferson County Health Center’s (JCHC) Emergency Room by Care Ambulance. The family of the patient later advised Emergency Services that the patient survived.

On August 21, 2023, Sgt. Riegel, Deputy Rysdam, and Deputy Torres Rodriquez were recognized and thanked by the American Heart Association for these efforts. The training for CPR and the AED were through this great organization.

The Fairfield Police Department would like to recognize and thank the Emergency Services teams who respond every time with this professionalism. This happens every day in Fairfield and Jefferson County. We worry about only recognizing this one incident.

Thank you to the Fairfield Police Department’s Communications Specialists who answer the other end of 911 calls and coordinate/supervise each response. The dedication to Emergency Services and your monthly advanced training courses are greatly appreciated.  The professional voice over the radio is truly the calm in the storm.

Thank you to all the Emergency Medical Service agencies in our area. This includes all the great First Responder Services who respond from their homes in emergencies, the Fairfield Fire Department who assist with all medical calls, the Care Ambulance Service who provides advanced medical care, and the JCHC professional staff who are always there for our entire community.

Finally, thank you to all area Law Enforcement who still train in several areas of the medical field after all the other training we ask them to take every year. We acknowledge that they take monthly training for criminal/case laws, investigations, de-escalation, child/dependent adult abuse, defensive tactics, implicit bias, driving, cultural sensitivity, firearms, mental health crisis response, general liability concerns, and the list goes on and on. We also ask them to attend a week of medical training for Law Enforcement First Responder certification, additional trauma/stroke/heart emergency responses, CPR, AED, and Narcan administration. Thank you for your time spent training for all these emergencies.