Council Recognizes Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross For Heroic Actions

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Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross is recognized Tuesday evening by the Los Alamos County Councl for his lifesaving actions during a recent incident. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

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Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, right, presents a certificate of recognition to Sgt. Chris Ross from the Los Alamos County Council during their meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

BY MAIRE O’NEILL
maire@losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos Police Sgt. Chris Ross was honored by Los Alamos County Council Tuesday in connection with his actions during a Jan. 11 incident where a Los Alamos resident accidently shot himself while examining his gun.

When Ross, Cpl. James Keane and Sgt. Ben Irving arrived at the residence they observed the man through a window sitting in a chair and bleeding profusely. Realizing how seriously the man was injured, Ross kicked down the door of the home to gain access.

Officers then applied two tourniquets to the man’s arm while waiting for Los Alamos Fire Department medics to arrive. The man was ultimately transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital, treated, and released to recover.

The certificate, which was presented by Chief Dino Sgambellone said the Council would like to particularly recognize Ross who last year spearheaded a program to bring tourniquets into the Department.

“Additionally the Department purchased tourniquets for each officer to carry. It was Sgt. Ross who applied both tourniquets in this situation – the first used since bringing the training to the Department,” the certificate reads.

“It was nothing special. It was just falling back to the training I had received and in having the equipment I am just blessed, and I’m sure the gentleman is as well, that I was just there at the right place and the right time,” Ross told the Council.

He said any one of the officers in the Department would have done the same thing.

“It just comes back to our job in public safety is which we have to train for things in our career that we may never experience or we experience often. So we have to train in everything from a daily basis to a once in a lifetime routine,” Ross said. “This was hopefully a once in a life time routine but I’m glad that we did have the training and the knowledge and the equipment to be able to handle this situation.”

“Sgt. Ross’s proactive and forward thinking not only brought the tourniquet program to LAPd but likely resulted in saving this man’s life,” Chief Sgambellone said Wednesday morning. “Sgt. Ross’s commitment to community safety is exceptional.”