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LASD - Lakewood Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Tuesday September 6th, 2011 :: 02:34 p.m. PDT


Lakewood Station Deputies awarded Meritorious Conduct Medal, Silver during 2011 Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony

On September 7, 2010, Lakewood Station deputies responded to an emergency call in which civilian witnesses reported that a vehicle had fallen on top of a man, trapping him underneath it.

Deputy Cesar Mayorga was the first to arrive at the scene. He observed a Honda Civic with the front driver’s side tire removed and the rotor exposed. A man was pinned under the vehicle, with its weight resting on his chest and neck. The man was unconscious, not breathing, and bleeding from his mouth. Deputy Mayorga immediately requested assistance to rescue the trapped man.

Deputies Michael Guthrie, Kenneth Hancock, and Cesar Landeros immediately responded to the request for assistance. After observing the vehicle was unsecured and had no lift support, the deputies quickly realized the risk of being crushed, seriously injured, or even killed if they were to perform a rescue attempt.

Without hesitation, and with complete disregard for their own personal safety, Deputies Guthrie, Hancock, and Landeros lifted the 2,000-pound vehicle while Deputy Mayorga grabbed the victim’s arm and pulled him out from underneath it. They immediately began to monitor the victim’s vital signs when they noticed he miraculously began to breathe on his own. He was then transported to a local hospital, where he recovered from his injuries.

For demonstrating great courage and placing themselves in potential peril to save the life of another, Deputies Michael Guthrie, Kenneth Hancock, Cesar Landeros, and Cesar Mayorga are awarded the Meritorious Conduct Medal, Silver.

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Photos online in order of: Deputies Guthrie, Hancock, Landeros and Mayorga

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LASD - Lakewood Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
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Lakewood, CA 90712

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