Lifesaving

Officer Kendall Holt and Officer Ilya Ivanov

On September 16, 2017, Seattle 911 received a call of screaming and shots being fired. The screaming could be heard coming from the back of a house. Officer Kendall Holt and Officer Ilya Ivanov were the first officers to arrive, within three minutes of the call to 911, and they quickly formulated plan. The team entered the back yard to aid the victim, fully expecting to get into a gunfight. As they came around the corner of the house, they discovered a 60-year-old female who had been shot. The round had entered her back and exited through her pelvis. She was bleeding heavily. Officer Holt and Officer Ivanov recognized the immediate need for action to stop the victim’s bleeding. Officer Ivanov could see the exit wound and alerted Officer Holt. Officer Holt stuck her finger in the cavity to hold direct pressure on the arterial bleed while Officer Ivanov prepared supplies to stop the bleeding. Both officers continued to hold pressure to control the bleeding.


If not for the quick actions of Officer Holt and Officer Ivanov, the victim most likely would not have survived. Medics transported the victim to Harborview where she was in serious but stable condition.

Officer Holt and Officer Ivanov are examples of the best possible work a Seattle Police officer can do in the performance of their duties.


Nominated by: Lieutenant Cory Simmons

Lifesaving Awards are awarded to sworn or civilian employees for acting in a significant manner, but not necessarily putting themselves in significant risk, to save or prolong another’s life, either by acting when the life of another was in immediate peril or assisting in the delivery of a child. Nominees must have acted within department policy.