DIVISION COMMANDER COMMENDATION
by Captain Mike Hale
On September 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm, the Bakersfield Police Department received a call for service in the 1700 block of Duke Drive for a 2 ½ year old juvenile who had fallen into a swimming pool. The call was initially handled by Bakersfield Police Department Communications Center Supervisor, Doretha Wyatt and transferred to the Bakersfield Fire Department for medical aid response. Dispatcher Rajonda Brandon coordinated medical aid response with Bakersfield Fire Department, while Dispatcher Karla Ko handled dispatching officers to the call.
Within a minute of the call being broadcast via police radio, Police Officers John Ryan, Nicole Madsen, and Zachary Burdick placed themselves enroute due to their proximity to the call for service. Prior to officers’ arriving on scene officers learned, “the juvenile is turning blue.”
Units arrived close to the same time and rushed to the backyard of the residence, where Officers Ryan and Burdick grabbed the child from the mother, while Officer Madsen had to tend to a loose pit bull in the yard that was attempting to bite the officers. Officers Ryan and Burdick provided life saving measures, which assisted the child in regaining consciousness.
Due to the sustained life saving measures by the officers, the juvenile spit up a large amount of water and began regaining color along with normal breathing. Medical aid arrived on scene and transported the juvenile to a local hospital.
If not for the quick action of the dispatchers and officers, the juvenile’s condition could have been much worse and may have resulted in the loss of life.
Officers Ryan, Burdick, Madsen, Communication Center Supervisor Doretha Wyatt, and Dispatchers Rajonda Brandon, and Karla Ko are commended for their quick action and ability to maintain their composure under duress.