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Ripon officer credited with saving man’s life

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POSTED February 19, 2009 4:52 a.m.
RIPON – Officer Scott Lindsay thought he was just going to be representing the Ripon Police Department when he attended the Regional Occupation Program appreciation dinner on Jan 27.

He never knew that he’d be saving someone’s life.

Not long after the dinner started, Lindsay – a longtime Ripon Police Officer – noticed a gentlemen choking, and immediately responded and used his training in the Heimlich maneuver to help dislodge the object that was obstructing his airway.

Former Ripon School Board President Frank Ferral was on hand, and credited Lindsay with saving the life of the gentlemen who was choking.

“We’re blessed to have officers like Scott Lindsay that work as a part of this community and work hard for this community,” Police Chief Richard Bull said. “A lot of times they don’t get the credit for all of the things that they do and tonight Officer Lindsay should be honored for his actions.”

Mayor Chuck Winn presented Lindsay with a Certificate of Merit for his quick thinking and reaction – drawing a standing ovation from the City Council and many of those in attendance at Tuesday’s council meeting.

“This just exemplifies what the City of Ripon is all about,” Mayor Chuck Winn said before handing Lindsay his certificate.

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