Two Los Angeles Airport Police officers have been recognized for their actions in saving the life of a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Los Angeles Airport Police Officers Shawn Smith and Joe Espitia responded to an emergency radio call March 20th from communications operator Tamika Gibson regarding an unconscious man in his vehicle, which was on the airfield service road.
The officers quickly arrived at the scene, where they discovered that the victim was in life-threatening distress, had no pulse and was not breathing, airport police said.
Without hesitation, the officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim in accordance with their police training, airport police said.
The manís vital life signs returned and officers manually maintained his breathing until the arrival of Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics, who continued life-sustaining measures using an automated external defibrillator (AED).
The postal worker was taken to Centinela Hospital in Inglewood and later transferred to Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was listed in stable condition.
Espitia has served on the Airport Police force for seven years, and Smith has served for six years.
All Los Angeles Airport Police officers have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to officials.
Los Angeles Airport Police is the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, with more than 900 law enforcement, security and staff personnel.
Airport Police is a division of Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that owns and operates the cityís four airports in Southern California ó Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International, LA/Palmdale Regional and Van Nuys.