Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:32 pm
If not for the actions of Williams resident Allen Sheley and Williams Police Officer Daniel Mata, March 15 may have been Deborah Reed’s last on Earth.
Thanks to their heroic actions, however, Reed was alive, well and able to present Sheley and Mata with the Citizen’s and Chief’s Commendation, respectively, on behalf of Chief John Osbourn at last week’s Williams City Council meeting.
“In my 19 years in law enforcement, this is an amazing story,” Osbourn said at the presentation of the Citizen’s and Chief’s Commendation. “Deborah, can you join me up here?”
At Osbourn’s request, Reed rose from the public seating area and joined him, Mata and Sheley in front of the council.
“This is the young woman,” Osbourn said. “And she’s with us today.”
Reed placed the Chief’s Commendation Medal around Mata’s neck.
“Thank you for your service, and thank you for saving me,” Reed said, before embracing the officer.
On that Tuesday afternoon on March 15, Williams police were dispatched to a medical aid call at an apartment complex, but they had a problem: they didn’t know where in the complex the person in need of medical aid was.
“The 911 call came in and was kind of sketchy, in that we weren’t able to determine where this woman was that was in need of help,” Osbourn said. “Ultimately, we were able to get some resources to her, and for a couple of key reasons.”
First among those reasons was that Sheley — who is Reed’s neighbor and the resident manager at their apartment complex — noticed something was amiss next door.
Sheley walked into the neighboring apartment to find Reed turning blue, not breathing, and without a pulse.
“He came next door, found pandemonium, and a woman who was dying,” Osbourn said. “He initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and maintained that until Officer Mata arrived at the scene. Allen communicated the situation, who immediately assumed CPR.”
Mata and Allen performed CPR on Reed for “multiple minutes” until Williams Fire Department personnel arrived on scene, Osbourn said.