POCATELLO, Idaho-- Idaho State Police presented the Life Saving Award to two of its own on Tuesday. Corporal Todd Orr and Detective Horacio Caldera received the honor during a ceremony in Pocatello.
Detective Caldera was on patrol duty and responded to the report of an unknown injury crash on Interstate 15 in Pocatello. When Detective Caldera arrived on the scene, he found skid marks leading off of the interstate into a parking lot of a local business, according to ISP. Upon further investigation, ISP said Detective Caldera located a man lying on the ground near a pick-up truck in the parking lot. As Detective Caldera approached the man he realized he had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. The gunshot wound was later determined to be self-inflicted, according to ISP.
ISP said Corporal Todd Orr then arrived on the scene to assist. Corporal Orr retrieved his gunshot wound trauma kit from his patrol car and the two officers worked together to stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a chest wound seal from the trauma kit, according to ISP. When paramedics arrived, Detective Caldera and Corporal Orr continued to render first aid until emergency medical personnel could stabilize the patient, according to ISP.
A doctor at the emergency room who treated victim said that the knowledge, quick actions, assessment of the situation and the first aid given to the patient by Detective Caldera and Corporal Orr significantly contributed to saving the man's life.
The Idaho State Police Life Saving Award is given to an ISP employee who saves the life of another person, whether on-duty or off-duty. It represents the highest ideals of an Idaho State Police officer, according to ISP.