Deputies honored for life-saving efforts in North Fair Oaks shooting

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Two San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies were recently recognized for saving the life of a teenage gunshot victim in North Fair Oaks last year.

At about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2019, Deputies Jason Bernacil and Matthew Lennon, a former medic, responded to a call about the shooting in the 3100 block of William Avenue. They found the victim a short distance away in the area of Glendale and Fifth avenues, where he was laying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, officials said.

The deputies took life-saving steps to stabilize the victim before paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital.

“In speaking to the fire department and the emergency room doctor, they both said that due to the correct placement of tourniquets and your quick actions, the both of you sustained this young man’s life,” Sheriff Carlos Bolanos said during a recent ceremony.

For their efforts, they were awarded Life Saving medals. The sheriff’s office shared brief video on social media to honor the deputies.

Incredible life saving efforts.

It's not every day when someone can say they saved another person's life. Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos recognized two deputies for their life saving efforts during a virtual awards ceremony. On November 25, 2019, Deputy Bernacil and Deputy Lennon heard a call come in of a shooting in the North Fair Oaks area. When they arrived, they saw an 18-year-old laying on the ground who had multiple gunshot wounds. Thanks to the fast actions of Deputy Lennon, who was a former medic, and Deputy Bernacil, they were able to get this young man stabilized before paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital. Both the firefighters and the emergency room doctors who worked on this young man said that if these deputies did not react the way they did and as quickly as they did, this man would not have lived. Please join us in congratulating these gentlemen for their valiant efforts and being awarded to medal of Life Saving.

Posted by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, September 2, 2020