City police officers win award for saving man’s life
Published 10:00 am Monday, July 13, 2015
Three Elizabethton Police Department officers — Sgt. Patrick White, Cpl. Eric Buck and Officer Joe Holsclaw — were recognized by the Elizabethton City Council for their work helping to save a man’s life in March.
The Life Saving Award is given to personnel who go above and beyond their line of duty. Recipients have either rescued a person from certain death, rendered first aid to someone whose life is in danger or rendered first aid in a manner that sustains someone’s life long enough to be transported to a hospital.
The incident in which these officers acted in such a manner involved a man lying in a bed unresponsive.
Holsclaw used an automated external defibrillator to deliver one pulse and then began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the incident report. After a complete cycle of CPR, Holsclaw delivered another shock. He performed two more cycles of CPR before EMS arrived. While EMS was getting ready to step in, Holsclaw was advised to give the man another shock. EMS took over and told Holsclaw that the man’s heart rate and breathing had returned to normal. The man was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center.
A star was placed on White’s award because this is the second time he has been recognized for this achievement.