Mountainburg Officer Promoted, Awarded For Saving Suspect’s Life

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MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — A police officer who saved a suspect’s life after he arrested less than two weeks ago was awarded for his efforts.

Mountainburg Police Sgt. Chad Breeden received the department’s Life Saving Award, after he pulled a suspect out of his patrol car when he stopped breathing.

“He pulled him out of the car because he was unresponsive and couldn’t find the pulse.  So, he started CPR,” Chief Vincent Clamser said at the time.

Breeden called for an ambulance while he said he performed CPR about four minutes.

“I checked for a pulse and he wasn’t breathing. I got the handcuffs off of him,” Breeden said. “I fell back on my training it kicked in.”

Wayne Gorman had been arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Clamser said Gorman was resisted arrest and pushed one officer down the stairs of his home. Breeden had handcuffed Gorman and placed him in the back of a patrol car.

Clamser stated in a release about Breeden: “His happiness and willingness to serve the community is obvious to all who meet him.”

He was promoted to Sergeant on Thursday (July 21) in a ceremony at Mountainburg City Hall, as well as receiving the award.