TPD officers receive lifesaving awards at council meeting

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Tecumseh resident Arthur Acuna (right) thanked police officers for saving his life. Chief Troy Stern (l-r) presented life saving awards to Sgt. BJ Horn and Sgt. Jeff Wright at the Jan. 20 city council meeting. Photo by Deb Wuethrich.

Two Tecumseh Police Department Sergeants received Lifesaving awards at the Monday, Jan. 20, City Council meeting for actions that took place on September 22, 2013.

Police Chief Troy Stern described a 911 call that dispatched the Tecumseh Fire Department and LCA ambulance just after 10 p.m. that night. Sgt. Bradley “BJ” Horn was on patrol when he heard the call about a man being down and unresponsive in Whitetail Ridge. Sgt. Horn was nearby and chose to go to the site where he found a frantic 15-year-old who said his father was on the floor, not breathing, and did not have a pulse.

Sgt. Horn immediately radioed that he was beginning CPR on the man, identified as Arthur Acuna, until medical units could get there.

Sgt. Jeff Wright, also on patrol, heard the radio call and proceeded to the Whitetail Ridge address. While the officers performed CPR together, they heard the man gasp for air and regained a weak heartbeat. The pair continued lifesaving efforts until the rescue team and ambulance arrived. Acuna was transported to Herrick Hospital where he began to stabilize, then was airlifted to Toledo Hospital due to the seriousness of his condition.

As Chief Stern presented the awards to the officers, Acuna was present for the event, along with several members of his family.

“I don’t remember much about that night,” said Acuna, who added that he’d crashed a few times that night and was put into an induced coma for a period. He said it was good to actually be able to talk to and thank the officers for what they did.

“It was a scary situation, but these guys pulled me through,” he said. “They saved my life.” Acuna said he now has a pacemaker, but is feeling good and is back to work.

“Life is good,” he said.

Council members and the audience gave the men a standing ovation as they received their awards from Chief Stern.




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