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Bradenton officer honored for saving teen
Bradenton officer honored for saving teen

Bradenton, Florida -- Saving a child is just one of the reasons Officer Andres Perez has been named the City of Bradenton Police Department's Officer of the Year for 2012.

On July 26, 2012, around 3:30 in the morning, Officer Perez responded to a call that a 15-year-old was trying to commit suicide with a knife.

Officer Perez found the girl locked inside a bedroom. He broke into the room and found the teen sitting on the floor of the bedroom closet, not breathing with a belt tied around her neck. She also had cuts on her left wrist.

Officer Perez immediately cut her from the rod, which relieved pressure from her neck and she started breathing again. He stayed with her and monitored her condition until an ambulance arrived.

Chief of Police Michael Radzilowski says had Officer Perez not taken immediate action, the 15-year-old may have not survived.

Officer Perez started with the Bradenton Police Department in March of 2010 and is assigned to the Patrol Operations Division - District 2 (West Bradenton).

Info courtesy Bradenton Police Department.

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