LANCASTER — Antelope Valley California Highway Patrol Officer P. Torres was at the right place at the right time Tuesday afternoon. He provided medical aid to a 34-year-old woman, helping to save the woman’s life, authorities said.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, outside the Walgreens located at 831 East Avenue K in Lancaster. Officer Torres was at the Walgreens as part of the CHiPS for Kids Toy Drive, an effort to collect new, unwrapped toys to be distributed to less fortunate children in the Antelope Valley.
“Officer Torres was informed by Walgreens Manager L. Rodriguez there was an unconscious female inside a parked vehicle in the parking lot,” said CHP Officer Gil Hernandez.
Torres and an off-duty San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy rushed to the woman’s aid. They found her unresponsive inside the parked vehicle, according to Hernandez.
“The female had no pulse and was not breathing,” Hernandez said. “Officer Torres advised Los Angeles Communication Center (dispatch), requesting Los Angeles County Fire Department to respond.”
“Officer Torres and Deputy Reardon started performing CPR until the female regained breathing and a pulse,” Hernandez added.
Torres and Reardon monitored the woman until the fire department arrived, and she was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital in stable condition, according to Hernandez.
“Officer Torres was out there doing a toy drive, he was not on patrol,” Hernandez said. “His training kicked in and he was able to provide the medical aid that this person needed to stabilize her.”