Cops honored for CPR effort

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Officer Kevin DeMarco and Sgt. Jeff Goodman (far left) were honored Monday for performing CPR on Margaret Whitehouse (center) in January. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Officer Kevin DeMarco and Sgt. Jeff Goodman (far left) were honored Monday for performing CPR on Margaret Whitehouse (center) in January.
(KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

 

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

He didn’t do it for the honor or recognition.

But Monday night sure felt good to Sgt. Jeff Goodman with the Keizer Police Department.

Goodman and officer Kevin DeMarco were feted at the start of Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting for their actions exactly two months earlier.

On Jan. 17, Goodman and DeMarco were the first responders to a call of Keizer resident Margaret Whitehouse being unconscious and not breathing. The two began doing chest compressions and rescue breathing on Margaret until medics from the Keizer Fire District arrived.

The efforts paid off, as Margaret’s life was saved. As such, police chief John Teague presented Goodman and DeMarco with Lifesaving Awards.

A beaming Margaret had a front row seat to watch the short ceremony, flanked by son Robert Whitehouse and partner June Akers.

“It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Goodman said. “It’s not everyday you do something that makes a big difference in someone’s life.”

Before the meeting started, Margaret got to meet the men who saved her life – but this time in a much more enjoyable situation.

“They are incredible,” said Margaret, whose wide smile didn’t leave her face all night. “They didn’t give up.”

Once Margaret heard of the ceremony, it was her top priority to be present.

“I wouldn’t miss it for nothing,” she said.

DeMarco said everything lined up just right to be able to help Margaret in January.

“It was definitely special,” DeMarco said. “A lot of things happen for a reason. We were in the right place at the right time. We were able to render aid until paramedics arrived. This gives a different meaning for the training we go through.”

Teague noted who highlighted the good deed.

“It is important to note that this was brought to my attention by the Keizer Fire District,” said Teague, who noted members of both the KFD and KPD were present. “Frankly, saving lives is routine work for Keizer medics, so their recognition of these officers’ actions is especially meaningful. Sergeant Goodman’s and officer DeMarco’s actions are a tribute to good training and good instincts.”

Robert Whitehouse spoke for the family.

“I just want to say thank you to the two officers,” he said. “Their timely decisions to continue doing CPR on my mother saved her life. Words cannot tell how grateful and how appreciative we are of everything you guys do, so thank you very much.”

such, police chief John Teague presented Goodman and DeMarco with Lifesaving Awards.

A beaming Margaret had a front row seat to watch the short ceremony, flanked by son Robert Whitehouse and partner June Akers.

“It’s the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Goodman said. “It’s not everyday you do something that makes a big difference in someone’s life.”

Before the meeting, Margaret met the men who saved her life – but this time in a much more enjoyable situation.

“They are incredible,” said Margaret, whose wide smile didn’t leave her face all night. “They didn’t give up.”

Once Margaret heard of the ceremony, it was her top priority to be present.

“I wouldn’t miss it for nothing,” she said.

DeMarco said everything lined up just right to be able to help Margaret in January.

“It was definitely special,” DeMarco said. “A lot of things happen for a reason. We were in the right place at the right time. We were able to render aid until paramedics arrived. This gives a different meaning for the training we go through.”

Teague noted who highlighted the good deed.

“It is important to note that this was brought to my attention by the Keizer Fire District,” said Teague, who noted members of both the KFD and KPD were present. “Frankly, saving lives is routine work for Keizer medics, so their recognition of these officers’ actions is especially meaningful. Sergeant Goodman’s and officer DeMarco’s actions are a tribute to good training and good instincts.”

Robert Whitehouse spoke for the family.

“I just want to say thank you to the two officers,” he said. “Their timely decisions to continue doing CPR on my mother saved her life. Words cannot tell how grateful and how appreciative we are of everything you guys do, so thank you very much.”

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