APD Officers Recognized For Saving The Life Of A Man

The Arlington Police Department celebrated National Law Enforcement Day as one of their own was honored for saving the life of a citizen after a Dallas Cowboys game in December. Sergeant VaNessa Harrison was recognized for her heroic efforts in saving the life of Jeff Kempf, who suffered a cardiac arrest last month following a Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium on December 9. Lieutenant Tracie Baker was also recognized for her actions in helping the family during the traumatic incident.

The swift actions taken by Sgt. Harrison, the Arlington Fire Department and the American Medical Response (AMR) were instrumental in saving the life of this individual. The City of Arlington, a designated Heart Safe Community, is committed to increasing the chances of survival from a sudden cardiac arrest through initiatives such as wide-spread CPR instruction, public access defibrillators, and aggressive resuscitation protocols for first responders and area hospitals.

The responders immediately initiated what the American Heart Association describes as the “Chain of Survival” to rescue cardiac arrest victims:

  • Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system.
  • Early CPR with an emphasis on chest compressions.
  • Rapid defibrillation if indicated.
  • Effective advanced life support.
  • Integrated post- cardiac arrest care.

Sgt. Harrison had a chance to visit with the Jeff, along with other first responders at AT&T Stadium to reunite and thank them for stepping forward and helping that night.