For saving a man's life while on duty, the St. Helens Police Department has honored Officer Adam Hartless with the department's Life Saving Award.
The award, which was presented April 2, is one of the highest honors that a St. Helens police officer can earn.
On Feb. 8, officers responded to a call at a residence for medical assistance.
"I found the man laying on his couch, non-responsive, not breathing," recounted Hartless, one of the officers on the call.
According to the city, Hartless was first to arrive on the scene. Unable to wait for emergency medical personnel to take over, Hartless started CPR until an automated external defibrillator machine was brought to the residence and used. An AED machine provides an electrical charge to get the heart pumping again.
Hartless performed the lifesaving CPR procedure for about six minutes until Columbia River Fire & Rescue firefighter-paramedics arrived and took over.
The 46-year-old man to whom Hartless had been attending eventually regained consciousness and was transported to a Portland-area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
An announcement from the city stated, "Columbia River Fire and Rescue credited Officer Hartless with directly saving the individual's life. Had it not been for Hartless' quick response and immediate performance of CPR, the individual would likely not have survived."
Contacted by the Spotlight after receiving the award, Hartless said, "It's definitely an honor."
The police officer added, however, "I definitely think that if it would have been anybody else, they would have done the exact same thing, or maybe even better."
Hartless was hired at the St. Helens Police Department in April 2017 as a code enforcement officer. In September of the following year, he was promoted to patrol officer.
"We're lucky to live in a county and in a city that has such good police officers," Hartless said.
As a cadet, Hartless previously served with the Portland Police Bureau.
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