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Lee deputy recognized for lifesaving efforts

January 30, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Who knew that deputies for the Lee County Sheriff's Office carry tourniquets in their cars?

For a North Fort Myers stabbing victim, the practice -?and application - proved to be a lifesaver.

Deputy Kristi Makela was double honored at the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce's Business Leaders Luncheon this month receiving both Deputy of the Quarter and a life-saver award.

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Deputy Kristi Makela was double honored at the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leaders Luncheon this month receiving both Deputy of the Quarter and a life-saver award.

CHUCK BALLARO

The honors came as a result of her actions on Dec. 8, when deputies were dispatched to a North Fort Myers home for a 911 call. Upon arrival, they found a white male with numerous knife wounds lying in a pool of blood.

One of the wounds appeared to be arterial, with the victim bleeding profusely.

Faced with the life-threatening emergency, Makela sprang into action, according to the commendation.

She went back to her car and retrieved her issued tourniquet and applied it to the victim's upper arm to slow the bleeding until medical personnel could arrive.

The man, who had suffered a critical loss of blood, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital's Trauma Unit.

After emergency surgery, he survived, thanks, in large part, to the actions of Makela, officials said.

"Her proactive work is an example to be commended for her actions. They demonstrate their motto 'Proud to Serve,'" said Chamber past president Lenny Cannova, who presented the award.

Makela, who was nominated by her sergeant, said she was surprised by the honor.

"I am thankful, and tired. It's nice. I'm a little awkward to be put in the spotlight," said Makela, who has been with the LCSO since 2013. "I appreciate the recognition."

 
 

 

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