Amarillo police officers recognized for heroic actions

Amarillo police officers recognized for heroic actions

Amarillo, TX - Several Amarillo police officers have recently been recognized for their various acts of on-duty bravery.

On Sunday afternoon, officers were called to the 600 block of South Grand Street on a possible child drowning.

The first responder to arrive on the scene was APD officer Vinilla King, who found a three year-old child lying unconscious on the ground and not breathing.

She immediately began performing CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the child, who was able to breathe again by the time Amarillo Fire crews and emergency medical responders arrived at the scene.

The child was taken to an area hospital and has since made a full recovery.

Officer King is being considered to receive the Life Saving Award from APD's Awards Committee.

On Friday, two other officers received awards for risking their lives attempting to save a person.

In December 2013, Corporal Caleb Finsterwald and Patrolman Dustin Glick were the first to approach a vehicle that was fully engulfed in flames.

Inside the car was a woman who was unable to get out on her own.

Reports show the officers fought intense smoke and heat attempting to save the woman's life, but were ultimately unsuccessful in those attempts.

For risking their lives on that call, the officers were awarded the State of Texas Achievement Awards for Valor.

Friends, family and coworkers attended the awards ceremony in Austin.