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Deputy Explorer, 17, praised for impromptu CPR rescue

March 21, 2012 |  7:58 am

 A 17-year-old L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Explorer passed her first improvisational test with flying colors.

Sheriff’s officials sang the praises of Explorer Bianca Olivares a day after she sprung into action to help save an elderly man.

Authorities say Olivares, who is participating in the law enforcement training program, was off duty Monday night and riding home with her father in Rowland Heights when she spotted a crowd of people around an 62-year-old man lying on the ground without a pulse.  

Olivares hopped out of her car in the 1600 block Larkvane Road and administered three minutes of CPR to the man until emergency personnel arrived and took over. The man was eventually stabilized and taken to St. Jude Medical Center.

Fire officials later told KTLA-TV the man has a history of diabetes and heart trouble, making Olivares’ intervention instrumental in saving his life.

“Having his family thank me, and the officers and the paramedics thank me, and for me being this young and this wanting to be my career, it’s very heartwarming,” Olivares told the TV station.

Olivares is in her third year with the Explorer program, which provides non-hazardous training to youth interested in a law enforcement career.

Olivares received some of her most intensive training Monday in a performance that left her supervisors at the Walnut/Diamond Bar sheriff’s station impressed.  

"It's outstanding," said Sgt. Eric Kim. "It's what we look for in Explorers.”


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