February 2, 2007 - Knoxville Mayor Bill
Haslam and Police Chief Sterling Owen awarded the department's Life
Saving Award to Sgt. Phil Major and Officer Ron Linkins. Sgt. Major
has been with the department since March 1993. Officer Linkins has
been with KPD since March 1995.
Chief Owen said that on November 4, 2006, Sgt. Major and Officer
Linkins encountered a male suffering from a medical emergency in
a parking lot of a West Knoxville restaurant. The victim had apparently
suffered a stroke and had gone into full cardiac arrest. The 55-year-old
victim was lying on the parking lot pavement without a pulse and
was not breathing.
Owen said, "The officers immediately began CPR with Officer
Linkins doing chest compressions and Sgt. Major doing mouth-to-mouth
breathing for the victim. After a few cycles of CPR, the victim
began shallow breathing and regained a pulse only to stop breathing
once again. The two officers continued CPR until emergency medical
technicians arrived on the scene and was able to transport the victim
to the hospital."
Both officers accompanied the victim to the hospital and returned
again the next day to check on his condition.
Chief Owen said, "It is apparent that had these two officers
not reacted in the manner they did and had not immediately started
CPR, the victim most likely would have died."
Mayor Haslam said, "The officers demonstrated their dedication
to preserving life by reacting as quick as they did. We commend
them on a job well done."
Both officers will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and
Chief along with a free dinner from Ruby Tuesday Restaurant.