On Friday two Lincoln City police officers were awarded the Oregon Peace Officers Association’s (OPOA) Life Saving Award.
Senior Officer Bobby Bomar and Officer Jason Spano were given this recognition during the OPOA’s annual awards banquet on Friday night.
On August 4th Officers Jason Spano and Bobby Bomar were dispatched to a medical emergency in northwest Lincoln City. They responded within minutes and found an adult male unconscious and foaming at the mouth – and NOT breathing.
Acting quickly Officer Bomar started CPR on the male while Officer Spano retrieved an AED, a heart re-start device, from his patrol vehicle. While Officer Bomar continued chest compressions, Officer Spano made the connections to the AED. The AED soon indicated a shock was necessary and the machine was activated. After the shock was applied Officer Bomar then continued chest compressions for another 90 seconds.
Suddenly the victim gasped for air and the AED indicated a pulse had returned. The officers provided monitoring and follow up care, while continuing to wait for the nearest ambulance which happened to be quite a ways away in Depoe Bay.
Knowing there was a large time delay for medical treatment, Officers Spano and Bomar hung tight with the victim helping to ensure the victim was going to survive despite the delayed response of the ambulance. Soon the ambulance arrived and whisked the victim to North Lincoln Hospital where he received acute medical intervention and survived.
Lincoln City Police Chief Keith Killian said that Officers Bomar and Spano acted with courage and professionalism which is the only reason the patient made it onto the ambulance alive.
Police shift supervisor Sergeant Randy Weaver went to the emergency room to check on the patient. He asked the hospital emergency room staff the fate of the victim. Hospital staff confirmed that if it were not for Officers Bomar and Spano’s quick actions the patient would have died from heart failure.
A proud Lincoln City and all of Lincoln County heartily congratulates Officers Bomar and Spano for performing valiantly to protect and preserve the lives of the citizens they serve.