Westwood Police Officer Chris Bishop was honored Thursday by the city and his department for his response to a medical emergency at the University of Kansas Hospital Dialysis Center in January.
Bishop received a commendation for “outstanding performance and commitment to the compassionate delivery of service and protection to this community” from Police Chief Greg O’Halloran before the city council.
On the morning of Jan. 18 Bishop was dispatched to the center on Rainbow Blvd. on a medical assistance call and arrived within one minute. Here is O’Halloran’s description of the episode:
On scene he discovered an unconscious 67-year-old male who was not breathing and had no pulse. A nurse was attempting to administer CPR chest compressions. Ofc. Bishop relieved the nurse and began CPR chest compressions. After approximately five minutes he was relieved by Med Act personnel who took over the administration of CPR. Thanks in large part to his initial efforts, a pulse was detected and the patient was transported to KU Medical Center.
Later that day the patient was described as “breathing on his own and doing better”. An attending physician at KU Medical Center, summed it by saying that Ofc. Bishop “saved a life”.
After the event, Ofc. Bishop responded twice to the hospital to check on the patient and offer assistance and support to the family.
The patient’s long-term prognosis is uncertain. However, what is certain is that on that day, Ofc. Bishops quick response, decisive actions; and calm and professional delivery of CPR played a significant role in saving a man’s life.
Bishop also received a certificate from the American Heart Association.