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Dalton officers presented with life-saving award

From News 12: The Dalton Police Department honored three officers with a Life Saving Award. The officers earned the award after their life-saving actions on December 12.


Lieutenant Michael Houck, Officer Steven Johnson and Officer Keith Black received this award. The police department presented the award Tuesday at their monthly meeting.


A man was unresponsive and not breathing at a Super 8 Motel when the officers arrived. The Dalton officers were the first to arrive on scene. The Dalton Police Department said they took quick life-saving action.

Officers said the man had no pulse when they arrived.


Assistant Chief Chris Crossen said the officers spoke with the victim’s wife. She had been attempting CPR on the man. Crossen said they got the wife settled and started CPR.


Officers hooked the man up to an automated external defibrillator. They shocked him and continued CPR, according to Crossen.


Assistant Chief Crossen said the man had a pulse and was breathing by the time EMS and fire fighters arrived.


The officers later checked on the man at Hamilton Medical Center. At this time, officers say he was stabilized.

“It takes a lot of courage to be able to pull that training up and use it at the appropriate time,” said Public Safety Commission member Terry Mathis. “We certainly appreciate all of their efforts, and I know that man certainly appreciates it.”