Life Saving Incident

May 26, 2021
Yuba Countu

May 26, 2021, was a day Elizabeth Alverado will never forget, when her 1-year-old son, Leo, was found unresponsive in the shower of their Linda apartment. “I felt like my heart was just dropping,” Alverado recalled. “I didn’t know what to do.” Holding her unconscious son, Alverado waited outside where she expected an ambulance to arrive. She was instead approached by Yuba County sheriff’s deputy Valentino Aguirre, who grabbed Leo and started to administer CPR. “At that moment when I’d seen the sheriff, something in me just made me feel like, calm down, everything is going to be fine,” Alverado said. Suddenly, just as paramedics arrived Leo regained consciousness thanks to Deputy Aguirre’s quick response. For his heroism, Deputy Aguirre was awarded a Bronze Medal of Merit during an emotional ceremony. But Deputy Aguirre said the true prize was being greeted by the happy and healthy little boy he saved, along with his grateful family. “I’ve been to many calls where the outcome was … it’s a similar call and the outcome wasn’t the same,” Deputy Aguirre later told reporters. “So I’m just thankful God put me in place that day and I was able to react the way I did and I saved that little boy’s life.” Deputy Aguirre has been with the sheriff’s department for six years and was born and raised in Yuba County. He says his training and years of experience is what allowed him to remain calm and take care of the situation.

The history of law enforcement in the United States is a long and wonderful history of bravery. This website is dedicated to documenting the heroic deeds of law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have either given or risked their lives to save others. There are many stories of bravery and heroism for many who are considered first responders. However, it is those in law enforcement who are most likely to be the first to arrive upon a location requiring life saving acts engaging dangerous hostage takers, running into burning buildings/vehicles, providing first aid to seriously injured victims, saving near drowning victims and much more are what the women and men of law enforcement do routinely and at many times, great peril to their own safety.
It is our mission to document the history of lives saved by those dedicated women and men in law enforcement. To share with others the dramatic deeds of those individuals who are the first, first responders. It is so important for our citizens to understand that law "enforcement" is not always about enforcing the law but rather being there when our citizens need us.
It is to this end we are dedicated to promoting documentation regarding the history of law enforcement and the lives they have saved.