Palmdale Sheriff’s deputy honored with Lifesaving Award

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Deputy Diane C. Valadez was one of 17 members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department honored this week for heroic actions on the job.

On December 13, 2010, Valadez, assigned to Palmdale Station, responded to a 911 call involving an unconscious man. Upon her arrival, Valadez ran into the residence and found a man who was unresponsive. She quickly assessed the situation and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She continued CPR for over 5 minutes, until the arrival of paramedics. Valadez’ decisive actions and efficient performance not only saved the man’s life, but prevented potentially serious coronary or brain damage.

For her lifesaving actions, Valadez was honored with a Lifesaving Award from Sheriff Lee Baca.

The Lifesaving Award is presented to employees or reserve members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life that otherwise would have expired without the employee’s direct involvement.

Deputies from the following stations were also presented with lifesaving awards: San Dimas, Compton, Crescenta Valley, and Temple Sheriff’s Stations.

  3 comments for “Palmdale Sheriff’s deputy honored with Lifesaving Award

  1. S. Parker
    October 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    It’s a welcomed change to see a nice story on law enforcement after reading all the backlash on the deputy-involved shooting. I think people expect perfection from law enforcement and that’s why they become irate whenever it appears that law enforcement might be in the wrong. We need to realize that these officers are human just like anyone else. I don’t expect perfection but I do think officers should be held to a higher standard… After all, they are the ones enforcing the rules, so they’d better not break ’em!

  2. Ruth
    October 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    That is so awesome! We have so many wonderful deputies out there working hard for all of us. However, it seems that only the negative stuff gets the publicity. This deputy saved a life which she should be very proud of. But, let’s not forget all the deputies out there who respond to our needs and protect us from the bad guys. There are many that never get recognized and they really should.

    • Elaine
      October 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      Well said Ruth! It seems as if people are always complaining about law enforcement but who is their first call to when they need help?

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