Engineer John Raskin was at an off-duty event for Cypress Elementary School in Ventura when an eight year-old boy unexpectedly went into full cardiac arrest while taking part in a run.
The off-duty LAFD member immediately jumped into action and performed CPR until relieved by Ventura County Fire Department Engine 24. After several shocks from the engine company’s defibrillator, the child regained pulses.
Engineer Raskin was credited with making the difference in saving the boy’s life
While off-duty, A/O Doak Smith was leading a group of young hikers in the Santa Monica Mountains. Well into the hike, Smith came upon a child who was with another group. This fifth-grade hiker was down with a heat related malady. The youthful hiker was not in good physical condition, had not hydrated properly and the temperature was over 100 degrees.
Smith made arrangements for his group to be supervised while he administered aid and then carried the boy to the top of the trail. This was a hike of almost two miles, mostly uphill. Observers stated that it was an incredible feat.
The young hiker was transported in a waiting ambulance and regained his health.
Engineer John Raskin and Apparatus Operator Doak Smith were both deemed to have performed an act during non-emergency conditions requiring initiative and/or ability worthy of recognition and were awarded Letters of Special Commendation.