Honoring Officer Chris Johnson with the Life Saving Award
On August 23, Officer Chris Johnson was the first of many Reno Police Officers to arrive at a local casino on the report of a stabbing. Officer Johnson found a victim in distress, assessed the situation, and realized that if he did not take immediate action, the person would likely bleed out prior to getting medical attention.
Officer Johnson gave the victim direction to lie down on the floor where he was able to locate several serious stab wounds on his upper torso and back. Officer Johnson called for REMSA and directed casino security to get him napkins and cloth rags which he used to pack the three largest wounds in the victim's back to slow the bleeding. Officer Johnson then applied pressure to the wound in the victim's chest which was later determined to have pierced his heart.
It was confirmed with REMSA medics who were on scene, that If not for Officer Johnson's selfless act, the person would have likely died.
Officer Johnson's quick and dedicated action to stop the bleeding while waiting for medical personnel to arrive on scene gained the victim the valuable time needed to be treated and transported to Renown where the hole in his heart and diaphragm were ultimately repaired.
The City of Reno honors Officer Chris Johnson with the Reno Police Department Life Saving Award for his heroics on August 23, 2014.