The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) today announced Senior Corporal Sergio Perez of the Dallas, Texas, Police Department as its Officer of the Month for February 2023. This officer was selected for this honor following his heroic response in which he saved the life of a small child experiencing a medical emergency.
On the morning of January 10, 2023, Senior Corporal Perez was visiting a local McDonald’s restaurant on East Grand Avenue in Dallas County. As he was waiting in the drive-thru line, a mother approached him frantically asking for medical help for her small child. Senior Corporal Perez did not hesitate to provide assistance, and discovered the child was completely unresponsive and not breathing. Using his cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, he was able to quickly restore the child’s breathing. He stayed with the child and mother and continued to monitor vital signs until medical personnel arrived to assist further.
Officers from the department were able to meet with the mother and child the following day. The child was healthy, and the mother was understandably thankful and grateful for Senior Corporal Perez’s lifesaving intervention.
“The actions of Senior Corporal Perez serve to exemplify the thousands of often unnoticed good deeds done by law enforcement professionals every day in this country,” Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, said. “We are incredibly proud to honor Senior Corporal Sergio Perez as our Officer of the Month for February 2023.”
The Officer of the Month Award Program is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour and recognizes federal, state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The first pillar of this mission, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty to date throughout U.S. history. Additionally, NLEOMF maintains and publishes comprehensive details on the circumstances surrounding official line-of-duty deaths. The Officer Safety and Wellness pillar uses that data, coupled with best-practice program models, to produce programming directed at solutions to improve survivability and enhance wellness. NLEOMF’s third pillar, the National Law Enforcement Museum (LawEnforcementMuseum.org), is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.