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Dominguez receives Lifesaving Award

Posted: Friday, Mar 8th, 2013

Alamosa Police Lieutenant Duane Oakes, right, presents the Lifesaving Award to Alamosa Police Officer Martin Dominguez during the March 6 Alamosa city council meeting. Courier photo by Ruth Heide

ALAMOSA — Were it not for Alamosa Police Officer Martin Dominguez’ quick actions the evening of Dec. 28, 2012, a 2-year-old girl would not have lived to see 2013.

Officer Dominguez received a Lifesaving Award Wednesday night during the Alamosa city council meeting for saving the life of a child that evening at Hunan’s Restaurant on Main Street in Alamosa.

Alamosa Police Lieutenant Duane Oakes recounted the events of that evening as he presented the Lifesaving Award to Officer Dominguez. Oakes said Officer Dominguez responded to a call of a child not breathing at Hunan’s just before 6 p.m. He found a small girl lying on the floor. Her eyes were rolled up in her head, and her skin was blue.

The officer found that the girl had a pulse but was not breathing. He cleared un-chewed food out of her mouth and airway, and the 2-year-old began to breathe again. Her color returned to normal.

Oakes said Officer Dominguez stayed with the child until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the child to the emergency room.

Oakes said the child may have suffered a seizure that resulted in her medical distress.

He added that Officer Dominguez’ quick response, calm demeanor and training saved the little girl’s life.

“I guess it hit close to home to me,” Dominguez said Wednesday when he accepted the Lifesaving Award. “Saving that child hit right here.”

He humbly accepted the Lifesaving Award, which is his third. Several members of Dominguez’ family including wife Janice Holman were present for the award presentation Wednesday night.

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