By Alyssa Schnugg
A woman is alive today largely due to the quick response from an Oxford police officer.
On Tuesday, Officer Hillary Coney was given the Life Saver Award by the Oxford Board of Aldermen and the Oxford Police Department.
According to information from OPD, on July 8, Coney was the first officer to arrive at the Super 8 Motel after receiving a 911 call in regards to an unresponsive female whose condition was rapidly deteriorating.
When Coney arrived, the woman had no pulse and was not breathing. She immediately began CPR. After performing chest compression for several minutes, the female gained consciousness and tried to sit up. However, she started having a seizure which is likely what caused her to lose consciousness. Coney stayed with the woman until paramedics arrived.
“Her quick response and decisive actions saved the life of that woman,” said Mayor Robyn Tannehill. “We are so proud to have officers like Officer Coney serving our community – officers who respond without hesitation, who often find themselves in dangerous situations and perform life-saving actions.”
After Coney was presented with the award she thanked her supervisors and the OPD administration for providing training opportunities within the department.
“Without that training, I wouldn’t have been properly trained and wouldn’t have been able to save that young lady’s life,” she said.