BLAINE COUNTY - A Blaine County sheriff's deputy was recognized Monday for helping save a man's life at the Boise Costco.
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office awarded Sgt. Fabrizio Lizano a Life Saving Certificate of Appreciation Award for his actions on Jan. 23, 2015.
Lizano and his family were shopping at Costco when the sergeant - who's a certified EMT and the sheriff's office's First Aid and AED (defibrillator) instructor, noticed a large crowd of people around a man lying on the floor.
Lizano quickly determined the man had no pulse and was not breathing, and the sergeant rendered immediate first aid. Lizano and two other bystanders performed CPR on the man, and were able to regain a pulse.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, was able to start breathing on his own again. He was transported to a hospital.
"Ultimately", said Sheriff Gene Ramsey, "the man survived because of Sgt. Lizano's training in first aid and his willingness to assist a stranger in need. This spirit of service to our community, whether that is carried out in uniform in Blaine County or elsewhere off duty in the state of Idaho, is exactly what our department seeks to encourage. We are extremely proud of Sgt. Lizano's choices and actions that day."
Lizano has been employed as a patrol deputy with Blaine County for seven years and is a member of the sheriff's Emergency Response Team (SERT). In addition to his tactical training, Lizano has more than 200 hours of first aid/CPR training and more than 1,300 hours of law enforcement training.