February 2, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill
Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen awarded the department's Life
Saving Award to Lt. Bob Wooldridge. Lt. Wooldridge has been with
the Knoxville Police Department since November 1981.
Chief Owen said that on November 7, 2006, Lt. Wooldridge was attending
the FBI LEEDA Command Class being hosted by the Knoxville Police
Department. The class had attendees from law enforcement agencies
throughout the country. Lt. Wooldridge and approximately 15 members
of the class went to lunch at a North Knoxville restaurant. During
lunch a member of the group, a Captain from the Dalton, GA Police
Department, become choked on food.
Owen said, "As the Captain started gasping for air, it became
obvious that he was in dire need of assistance. Lt. Wooldridge immediately
ran to his aid and applied the Heimlich maneuver. The food was dislodged
enabling the victim to breath again."
Lt. Wooldridge's actions generated multiple positive comments from
the various members of the class. The victim commented on his gratitude
and appreciation for the Lieutenant's action in saving his life.
Chief Owen said, "Lt. Wooldridge's actions in this incident
is only a reflection of the excellent professional image he always
portrays as a member of the Knoxville Police Department."
Mayor Haslam said, "We commend Lt. Wooldridge for his quick
and decisive action in helping a person in need."
Lt. Wooldridge will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor
and Chief along with a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.