BETHALTO — Two officers were honored for life-saving measures Monday night during the City Council meeting in front of fellow officers, family and friends.
Patrolman Tim Cline, a 25-year police veteran, was honored alongside Sgt. Todd Lindsay for going above and beyond the call of duty to save a life on March 21 during their regular shift.
Cline leads the Bethalto Police Department with 10 life-saves. Lindsay has contributed five life-saves over his 25-year career.
“If you go down, you want Tim Cline to be the man responding to your house first,” Police Chief Gregory Smock said. “Both Cline and Lindsay were called to a scene where an individual was reported having a seizure. Upon their arrival, CPR was needed. Both Cline and Lindsay administered CPR until emergency medical technicians arrived. The patient ultimately passed from his condition nine days later, but by the acts of these two officers, the man was given a chance to survive.”
A life-save is defined in the Bethalto Police Department as measures taken to save a life that results in the patient surviving 24 hours or longer after the call.
The department requires each officer to have first-responder skills as well as being CPR certified. Yearly refresher training and certification is a part of the job of a police officer.
“The things I’ve experienced over 25 years have certainly ranged ... good and bad,” Cline said. “It’s always worth it when you can help somebody. Things can change at the drop of a hat. You’ll arrive at a scene and the person will be sitting there talking to you; next thing you know they’re coding or in deep trouble. Thinking quick on our feet is an everyday thing. I’ve worked with Sargent Lindsay for 25 years; we’ve been together that long. It’s always good when you can anticipate what each other will do; when you work with someone that long, you have a good idea on what they’ll do on a scene.”