Off-Duty Officer Saved by First Responders
August 21, 2015
Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored Albuquerque Ambulance Service (AAS) first responders who jumped into action to save the life of an off-duty Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Officer. AAS personnel were in traffic when they witnessed off duty Officer Raymond Loomis involved in a hit and run that rendered him unconscious in the middle of the interstate. The heroic and quick response of AAS personnel allowed them to successfully navigate traffic and administered aid to the officer before rushing him to the hospital.
On the evening of Feb. 3, off-duty Officer Loomis was riding his motorcycle home from work on I-40 when a car struck him from behind. The car immediately drove away and did not stop to check on him. Officer Loomis was critically injured and remained on the pavement in the midst of interstate traffic. AAS personnel witnessed the accident and jumped into action to administer aid right then and there. Their courageous tactical response allowed them to provide emergency medical treatment to the officer while safely navigating perilous traffic. APD and AFD arrived on scene shortly after to assess the situation as a whole while AAS was already en route to the hospital. The training, professionalism, and immediate response of AAS played a significant role in saving the life of Officer Loomis.
AAS personnel have proven to be great community partners time and time again. The hard working men and women of Albuquerque Ambulance Service have once again come to the aid of our own when tragedy strikes.
Albuquerque Ambulance Personnel: Paramedic-Jennifer Higgins, Paramedic-Myranda Riggle, Paramedic-Rachael Wennekamp, EMT-Lesley Krug