Hero L.A. deputy reminds us of bravery and training

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Blue Lives Matter (banner)The horrific ambush of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies is a horrifying display of brazen evil but a law enforcement advocate says the incident also showed the courage behind the badge.

Randy Sutton of The Wounded Blue, which helps law enforcement hurt on the job, says the organization is reaching out two the pair of deputies whose survival was called a “double miracle” by their sheriff.

One of the deputies has been identified as Claudia Apolinar, 31, who is being hailed as a hero for attaching a life-saving tourniquet to her partner despite being shot through the jaw, at point-blank range, while in the police cruiser. 

The New York Post, among other media outlets, published a graphic photo showing Apolinar, her uniformed soaked with blood, aiding the second deputy who is kneeling. The photo appears to be from a security camera. 

Despite her horrific injury, Apolinar calmly radioed the “officer down” call to a dispatcher, who could not understand the wounded deputy at first.

“You could hear the professionalism and the calmness,” Sutton says of the radio call. “But she, of course, had a difficult time communicating what the situation was – that they were shot – because of her injuries.”

The unknown gunman remains at large despite a $100,000 reward.

What the deputy proved in those moments was a “warrior spirit,” Sutton says, but he adds that the public needs to know there is training involved, too, which is at risk in the blatant anti-police climate of slashed police department budgets.

“It is sickening,” Sutton says, “that there are mayors and police chiefs in various cities in the country who condemn the type of training that saves lives.”

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