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Officer’s Training and Swift Action Help Save a Life

Friday’s Hero: Officer Jon O’Guin

January 31, 2014

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored a police officer who responded to an accidental shooting call and treated a woman who had sustained life threatening injuries. Officer Jon O’Guin, of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) is this week’s Friday’s Hero.


This past October, Officer O’Guin responded to a call involving a woman had sustained a gunshot wound. While removing the gun from a glove compartment, the firearm was accidentally discharged, resulting in the serious injury. When Officer O’Guin arrived on scene, he found two women in a vehicle.  The first female was bleeding profusely and her friend was attempting to apply pressure to the wound. Officer O’Guin applied a tourniquet to the injured woman’s leg.  The tourniquet helped control the bleeding and the woman was transported to UNM Hospital.


Officer O’Guin was able to respond in such a skilled manner thanks in great part to training recently provided to APD officers by members of the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD).  The AFD training gives police officers additional tools to deal with various medical emergencies.


The day after the incident, Officer O’Guin visited the woman in the hospital to check on her condition.  She was in intensive care where she was recovering from the gunshot wound.  He learned just how serious the situation was, in that the bullet had severed her femoral artery, causing excessive bleeding.  It is without question that his masterful handling of the emergency situation helped to save her life in the aftermath of the shooting.