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Sgt McCoy Saves a Life - Media Release


Date: March 30th, 2020
Release Date: Immediate
From: Willits Police Chief Greg Allen
Subject: Willits Police Sergeant McCoy’s Quick Response Saves a Life

On 3/29/20 at 9:07 am, Sergeant Ricco McCoy and Officer Barabino responded to a medical emergency call for a “female down” with CPR in progress. Willits Sergeant McCoy and his partner Officer Barabino were in the area and immediately responded, arriving prior to Fire and Medical Rescue units. The Officers quickly entered the residence and observed the female down and unresponsive on the floor. Sergeant McCoy determined that the female had no pulse. In addition, she had also suffered a major head injury from striking her head during the fall. Officers calmed the distraught male companion as Sergeant McCoy immediately initiated proper CPR. Sergeant McCoy continued this critical life saving measure until the arrival of Little Lake Fire Department and Medstar ambulance personnel. Fortunately, Sergeant McCoy’s actions resulted in the female regaining a detectable pulse. Due to our officers’ quick actions and assistance of multiple agencies, the patient was eventually medically stabilized and transported to Howard Hospital.

This selfless act by Sergeant McCoy is particularly noteworthy and commendable in light of the current extreme Covid-19 health risks faced daily by our first responders. The Willits Police Department would like to thank and recognize our Officers and all first responders involved in this incident. Their dedication and commitment to the Willits community is greatly appreciated.

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