Five Abilene police officers honored for life-saving events

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Five Abilene police officers were recognized for saving lives in 2017. 

During a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge bestowed Jacob Wooden and Matt Smith, Ryan Woodard and Brady Hogue, and Matthew Santos with life-saving awards for the following events:

  • July 2017 - Wooden and Smith are credited with saving the life of a 60-year-old man who had an apparent heart attack inside a salon on N. 1st Street. Wooden was flagged down by someone at the salon and when he went inside, he saw the man unconscious on the floor and immediately began CPR. He was able to continue compressions despite the chaos that ensued from family members and salon employees, and Smith took over the compressions when he arrived. 6 minutes after Wooden began CPR, emergency services got on scene and took the man to the hospital. Chief Standridge says the man was talking by the time he arrived to the ER and that Wooden's and Smith's quick thinking prevented the man from sustaining permanent tissue damage. 
  • June 2017 - Woodard and Hogue received their life-saving awards for successfully stopping a suicide at Lake Ft. Phantom. Chief Standridge says they responded to a call of a suicidal woman in the water late at night. When they arrived, they found her in chest-deep water with a knife and a half-drunken bottle of rum. They tried to talk her out at first, but she swam deeper, prompting Woodard to swim in after her, catching up to her about 100 feet from shore. She fought him, so him to let her go, but he and Hogue continued to swim after her until lake patrol was able to pull her to safety. 
  • December 2017 - Matthew Santos, a fairly new patrol officer, saved a woman's life while he was responding to wrecks in icy weather the day after Christmas. He was headed down Winters Freeway toward a wreck on I-20 when he saw the woman, who had gotten out of her car to inspect damage from a wreck that just happened, get hit by another vehicle. Her foot was almost completely severed, and Santos, acting quickly, applied two tourniquets and stopped the bleeding, ultimately saving her life. 

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