On Friday November 4, 2015 two Lincoln City police officers were awarded the Oregon Peace Officers Association’s (OPOA) Life Saving Award. Senior Officer Bobby Bomar and Officer Jason Spano were given this recognition during the OPOA’s annual awards banquet on Friday night.
On 8-4-16 Officers Jason Spano and Bobby Bomar were dispatched to a medical emergency in NW Lincoln City. They responded within minutes and found an adult victim unconscious and foaming at the mouth, not breathing. Acting quickly Sr. Officer Bomar started CPR while Officer Spano retrieved an AED from his patrol vehicle. While Sr. Officer Bomar continued chest compressions, Officer Spano made the connections to the AED. The AED soon indicated a shock was necessary and the machine was activated and shock applied. Officer Bomar then continued chest compressions for another one and a half minutes.
The patient then gasped for air and the AED indicated a pulse had returned. The officers provided monitoring and follow up care, while continuing to wait for an ambulance. The nearest ambulance was responding from the Depoe Bay area. When the officers arrived on scene, this meant they would be waiting several minutes for the arrival of the ambulance. Knowing there was a large time delay for medical treatment Officers Spano and Bomar jumped into action as they have been trained and brought the victim back from the brink of death. They acted with courage and professionalism, which is the sole reason the patient made it onto the ambulance alive.
Sgt. Randy Weaver, shift supervisor, went to the emergency room to check on the patient. He asked the hospital emergency room staff what happened to this patient. He was told if it were not for Officers Bomar and Spano’s quick actions the patient would have died from heart failure.