Chief's Award of Special Recognition
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Deputy Reggie Ducree
On January 26, 2013 Cmdr. Bill Collins of the Westminster Police Department was at LA Southwest College watching his 12 year-old son, Kyle, compete in a jiu-jitsu tournament. Without warning Bill experienced a cardiac event and collapsed. While his sister and others attended to Bill, Deputy Reggie Ducree of the LA Country Sheriff’s Department received the call for assistance and responded.
Upon his arrival the scene was chaotic. Deputy Ducree, a 30 year veteran of law enforcement, wasted no time in taking control of the situation. Deputy Ducree expedited the emergency medical response to the scene. He made the arrangements to have Cmdr. Collins transported to an appropriate trauma center. For most officers, this would have ended their response. But rather than simply hope the ambulance delivered Cmdr. Collins safely to the hospital, Deputy Ducree ensured this was the case. He led the ambulance, with lights and siren, through the busy streets of Los Angeles to Harbor UCLA Medical Center. He cleared each intersection of traffic so the ambulance did not have to slow down.
Upon arrival at the hospital, Deputy Ducree told me he expected to see a team of doctors waiting to assist Cmdr. Collins; however, this wasn’t the case. Deputy Ducree exited his patrol car, ran into the hospital and, in no uncertain terms, notified the emergency room staff that an officer needed assistance…immediately. As you can imagine, this action generated the proper response from the medical staff and Cmdr. Collins began to receive the attention he so desperately needed.
There is no doubt in my mind that Deputy Ducree’s actions on January 26th assisted in saving the life of Cmdr. Bill Collins. Rather than assume everything would be fine, Deputy Ducree’s actions made Cmdr. Collins survival certain.