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OSP Coos Bay Trooper to Receive Oregon Peace Officers Association "Life Saving Award"

November 5, 2013

An Oregon State Police senior trooper from the Coos Bay Area Command office will be honored Friday by the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) with the "Life Saving Award" for his response with North Bend police officers in saving the life of a man who suffered a heart attack at a local convenience store. The Oregon Peace Officers Association holds the annual awards banquet to honor the men and women of Oregon's law enforcement community who have distinguished themselves through bravery, heroism, and exemplary service to the public.

The OPOA is holding the organization's annual Awards Banquet November 8, 2013 at Spirit Mountain Casino and announced the presentation of special awards to several individuals. One of the awards, the "Life Saving Award", may be presented to individuals who, while serving in an official capacity with their law enforcement agency, perform an active, distinct and successful lifesaving of another human being. One of the recipients of the OPOA "Life Saving Award" was OSP Senior Trooper Freddie Dunlap.

On July 19, 2013 at approximately 12:52 a.m., North Bend police were dispatched to a "Hold Up" panic alarm at the 7-Eleven store located in the 1900 block of Virginia Avenue. As officers were headed to the call, medical personnel were also dispatched to the same location for a report of a downed man who was unresponsive and not breathing. Senior Trooper Dunlap, a Certified EMT-Intermediate and Emergency Medical Responder instructor, was nearby and responded to assist after overhearing the call.

A North Bend (NBPD) police officer arrived first and confirmed there was an unresponsive, middle-age male with no pulse slumped against a beverage cooler inside the store. Another NBPD officer then arrived as Dunlap pulled up to the scene. Dunlap ran to his patrol car and quickly returned with the AED he carries on patrol. After preparing the man and attaching the AED pads, Dunlap activated the AED and administered a shock to the man twice, continuing lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived.

The man was transported by Bay Cities Ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. He was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend was expected to make a full recovery.

Senior Trooper Dunlap has worked for OSP for 13 years and is assigned at the Coos Bay Area Command office. He is one of 2 OSP Certified EMT-Intermediate emergency medical technicians who work at that office. OSP has about ten AEDs carried by EMT-certified trained troopers in various parts of the State that were donated by local hospitals.


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