City of Rockport | "Rockport City Council Will Present the Life Saving Commendation Bar to two of its Police Officers"

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WHO: Rockport City Council will present the Life Saving Commendation Bar to two of its police officers - Bryan Cantu and Rachel Olenick

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 pm at the beginning of the City Council meeting

WHERE: Temporary City Council Chambers within the Rockport Service Center, 2751 SH 35 Bypass, on the west access road between Market (FM 1096) and Pearl Street (FM 2165). (You may enter from the front of the building OR drive around to the back, where the meeting will be held)

On November 1st, 2018 at 3:51pm Officer Olenick and Officer Cantu were dispatched to a Rockport residence in response to a medical emergency. The officers arrived on the scene, along with an Allegiance EMS paramedic supervisor as there were no available ambulances in the area, to find a 93-year-old male lying on the floor, unresponsive. Officer Olenick immediately began chest compressions. Officer Cantu assisted by stabilizing the patient’s neck and airway and applying the AED pads while Paramedic Newson was preparing the AED and other advanced lifesaving procedures. The officers switched back and forth on performing chest compressions until 4:04pm when the patient’s pulse returned. At approximately 4:08 the ambulance arrived to transport the patient to a hospital. The patient had suffered from a stroke. He was released from the hospital one week later.

Officer Cantu is also being recognized for his life saving efforts on a separate occasion at Rockport Beach Park in 2014, where he tended to a victim of a boating accident. By applying a tourniquet and bandaging the individual’s arm prior to the arrival of EMS, he prevented the potential loss of a limb or death from blood loss.

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