December 20, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Sterling Owen today awarded the Life Saving Award to
Officer Doyle Lee. Officer Lee has been with the Knoxville Police Department
Chief Owen said that on September 13, 2004, Officer Lee was working
on the night shift as a Field Training Officer for Officer James Lockmiller.
While eating lunch, Officer Lockmiller suddenly stood up unable to
say anything and in obvious distress.
Lockmiller was able to give the international sign of a chocking victim
by putting his hands up around his throat. Without hesitation Officer
Lee jumped up and performed the Heimlich maneuver on Officer Lockmiller.
After three pumps from Officer Lee's hands, the food was dislodged
allowing Officer Lockmiller to breath again.
Chief Owen said, "Officer Lee exhibited quick thinking and calm
reasoning that saved the life of Officer Lockmiller. And for that
this department, the victim's family members and this entire community
are grateful for Officer Lee's heroic actions."
Officer Lee will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and Chief
along with a free dinner from Bayou Bay Seafood House.