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Learn about our Public Safety Nominees and Winners

October 8, 2014

In honor of Public Safety Appreciation Week, we’re sharing some of the amazing stories related to our Public Safety Award nominees and winners. Today, we’re putting the spotlight on our Award of Merit winners: Officer Paul Reynolds and Officer Tom Rooney.

Officer Paul Reynolds
Marietta Police Department

Chief Dan Flynn nominated Officer Reynolds due to the quick-thinking and care and concern he exhibited during this call.

On January 30th, 2014 Officer Reynolds responded to a “person shot” call on South Marietta Parkway and White Avenue. Once on scene Officer Reynolds located the victim, a young woman who was seven month pregnant. The woman had been shot in the leg and was experiencing blood loss. The bullet struck the woman’s femur, causing a displaced fracture.
Instead of holding the scene and waiting for Fire/Rescue to arrive, Officer Reynolds took action. He retrieved a military-style ratchet tourniquet that he carries as part of his everyday equipment. Officer Reynolds used training learned in the U.S. Army and applied the tourniquet with enough pressure to get the bleeding under control. It was later learned that the pressure Officer Reynolds used was not only enough to control the bleeding, but it also moved the femur back into place. The woman was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where she, and her unborn baby, were listed in stable condition.
Officer Reynolds quick action in treating the woman’s injury reflects his dedicated professionalism in the field. The training and experience he received while in the U.S. Army (and reinforced in recent MPD training) was no doubt responsible for his ability to treat the serious injury. Officer Reynolds’ actions reflect great credit upon him and the Marietta Police Department.

Officer Tom Rooney
Smyrna Police Department

Lt. Mike Conti and Sgt. Rick James nominated Officer Rooney for going beyond the call of duty during an apartment fire call.

On November 28, 2013 at approximately 2:55 a.m. Officer Rooney responded to the Mission Galleria apartments in reference to an apartment fire. Upon his arrival, he found building #36 had visible flames coming from the roof of the building. Putting his own safety aside, Rooney began evacuating the building – going door-to-door – as the building become more fully involved with flames and smoke. Officers David Gould, David Snively and Chris Flowers assisted Officer Rooney in the life saving support. All the officers were heroic in saving citizens lives that morning, but they advised Officer Rooney went over and above their efforts. Due to his act of heroism, at least 17 lives were saved from #36 building.

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