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Wing reservist saves life

Major Robert Baird an Air Force Reservist from the 507th Air Refeuling Wing recently received a lifesaving award from actions performed in his civilian job as a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma police officer.  The major is shown here in a May 2009 file photo presenting a speech to a Broken Arrow elementary classroom on his military experiences.

Major Robert Baird an Air Force Reservist from the 507th Air Refeuling Wing recently received a lifesaving award from actions performed in his civilian job as a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma police officer. The major is shown here in a May 2009 file photo presenting a speech to a Broken Arrow elementary classroom on his military experiences.

Major Robert Baird, an Air Force reservist with the 507th Air Refueling Wing, was recently presented a Lifesaving Award from the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma police department.  In his civilian life, Baird is a Broken Arrow police officer.

Major Robert Baird, an Air Force reservist with the 507th Air Refueling Wing, was recently presented a Lifesaving Award from the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma police department. In his civilian life, Baird is a Broken Arrow police officer.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma -- On January 14, 2010, the Broken Arrow Police Department, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma presented a Lifesaving award to Officer Robert Baird.

Baird is also Major Baird, an Air Force Reservist and a Logistics Officer with the 507th Air Refueling Wing's Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Major Baird was on patrol when on December 30, 2009, he responded to an emergency call from the Community center. He arrived to find a thirty-nine year old male unconscious on the basketball court. The subject was not breathing and had a "weak" pulse. Although there were close to one hundred people at the center no one else had rendered assistance prior to his arrival. He completed a quick assessment of the subject and immediately started CPR.

Baird continued to administer CPR for over two minutes until Fire Department personnel had arrived. Medical personnel verified the subject was in cardiac arrest and shocked him with a defibrillator. Baird remained with subject until Fire Department Personnel transported the patient to a hospital.

According to the attending physician, Dr. Reusser, "The actions of the first responders certainly saved this man's life. It is not often someone who collapses with this type of cardiac condition even survives unless CPR is administered immediately."

For his actions in saving the life, the Broken Arrow Police Department presented a Lifesaving award to Officer Robert Baird.