When Sergeant Dan Dean, a 20-year veteran of the Huntsville Police Department, pulled up to a motorist on Little Cove Road one night in September, he didn’t expect to leave the scene a life-saving hero. Dean happened upon an accident where four teenagers careened off the roadway and down a 20-foot embankment.
One of the teenagers was bleeding from a cut on his arm. Dean tried to stop the bleeding with first aid but eventually realized the teen would need something more than a bandage. Dean applied a tourniquet and called for more help.
Emergency room doctors said the teenager would have died if Dean had not slowed the bleeding.
The next month, another HPD officer, Steve Lineberry, was on his break at a local Walmart. A shopper came to him and said a woman had fallen. Lineberry found a woman lying face-down on the floor. She was unresponsive, so he immediately started CPR.
Later, Lineberry learned the woman had suffered a heart attack. CPR saved her life.
Both of these officers were recognized for their lifesaving actions at the May 26 city council meeting.