Lifesaving

Officer Matthew Bradrick and Officer Joshua Dunbar

In mid-November 2016, bicycle Officers Matthew Bradrick and Joshua Dunbar were on routine patrol in
downtown Seattle. They witnessed an elderly female drop to the ground. Coming to her aid, the officers quickly determined that she was exhibiting the signs of a stroke. They requested response from Seattle Fire Department medics.


The following commendation was received by SPD in November 2016: “When walking back to the car from Pike Place Market, I had a serious stroke. I could not talk or stand. My companion didn’t know what was happening, but a Seattle Police officer did. He told me I was very close to the best stroke center in the Northwest and would be taken there. The ambulance took me to Swedish Medical Center where, within a few minutes, they located a blood clot in my brain and subsequently removed it. Thanks to this officer’s quick thinking, I recovered completely. I would surely have become disabled or died. I wanted to thank him and tell him I was ok.”


At the onset of a stroke, every second counts. The observant, diligent, and quick actions of Officers Dunbar and Bradrick ensured a positive outcome for this stroke victim, likely saving her life.


Nominated by: Sergeant Robert Brown

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.