Off Duty Cop's Training Kicks In As He Leaps Into Action To Save A Life

 March 15, 2021

First responders are all trained in life-saving techniques, such as CPR. Whether they are at work or spending the morning at home, they jump into action when needed.

A Morning Off

Bakersfield Police Officer Lt. Christopher Knutson was enjoying a Wednesday morning off at this home in northwest Bakersfield.

At 8 a.m., he heard loud banging on his door and his doorbell being rung.

"I open the door, and it's one of the landscapers, and he tells me, 'mi amigo...mi amigo in the pool,' so immediately my heart drops," said Knutson.

He ran as fast as he could to the backyard and over to his pool. Jumping over the safety fence, he dives into the pool.

Water Rescue

The landscaper was in the water, with his leaf blower keeping him under the water. When Knutson got there, the landscaper was lying at the base of the pool with his eyes open.

He was still with no signs of distress. At that moment, Knutson feared the worst.

"So, I get the leaf blower off of his back I swim him up to the top. I push him up to the top of the deck, I climb out, I check him, he's not breathing. There's no pulse, so I immediately start CPR."

Lt. Knutson

Saving a Life

Drowning can happen quickly, so Knutson moved as fast as possible. He kept performing CPR on the landscaper in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Knutson says it all happened so quickly and "it was kind of surreal."

"And after about a minute he started, he started spitting up water coming out of his mouth. A lot of water was coming out of his nose. I checked him again, and then he had a pulse, and then he took a big gasp of air, and that’s when I realized I’m like, ‘I think this guy is going to be okay!'”, Knutson said.

Paramedics arrived and took the landscaper to the hospital. The landscaper was cared for at the hospital and released a week later.

Doing His Job

Thanks to the officer's quick thinking and reliance on his training, the landscaper is alive and back at work.

First responders step in to help whenever they are needed, whether they are working or not. They are happy to do the right thing and help those who cannot help themselves.

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17 comments on “Off Duty Cop's Training Kicks In As He Leaps Into Action To Save A Life”

  1. These are the men and women many of
    You idiots want to remove from their
    Very important position!!!! We should
    Give them a raise and our full support!!

  2. And some idiots( including this insane president we now have)want to defund police and first responders, until one of them needs one!!
    Yeah, that's really brilliant!!
    bunch of fools!! Thank God, most police forces and other first responders care more for their ability to help than to run away from the crazies out there!!

    1. I am with you 100% !!! I say DEFUND OUR NEW GOVERNMENT before they ever defund our POLICE FORCE !!!

    2. I wonder if Biden fell in would the police jump in to save him, sure they would, that is the right thing to do.

  3. Wonderful MEN IN BLUE never off duty!!! Thank God we have dedicated people like this officer. We all know Biden and Harris aren't capable or trust worthy to become honorable officers in BLUE.

  4. AWESOME JOB OFFICER! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! We the People need to support ALL law enforcement and first Responders! We HAVE TO HAVE LAW AND ORDER OR WE WON'T HAVE A COUNTRY!! We will look like Venezuela! Every line of work may have one or two bad apples, but you CANNOT and SHOULD NOT judge them all for what a few do! WE NEED THEM!

  5. May God bless the officer, for his fast, & calm response, that allowed him to save a mans life. It makes me mad, & sad, that there are people, that are always demeaning, our great police, & fire, departments. The men, & women, that put their lives on the line, everyday for everyone else. these people, that would yell the loudest, if they were to need help. These people need to sit down, & shut up, because we are tired of listening to their Bull S--t. God bless America, & god bless all americans.

  6. "There but for the Grace of God , go I". Fast reaction by an officer and a life was saved. Good work officer.

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