U.S. Security Associates Security Officer Hailed as a Hero for Saving a Life
For Immediate Release
Contact: Natalie Fischer, Marketing Manager
When faced with an emergency situation, you don’t have time to second guess. Our job as a security company is to ensure our Security Officers have the right knowledge and skills to provide the correct and effective response to any crisis.
Pictured: Victor Reyes
who saved a fellow officers life while on duty.
ATLANTA– February 22, 2018 – A U.S. Security Associates (USA) Security Officer is being hailed a hero for saving the life of his colleague. Security Officer Victor Reyes, who serves as the Assistant Public Safety Director at a high-end multi-use retail center in Glendale, CA, provided the necessary emergency response measures when fellow Security Officer Andreas Hernandez suffered a medical crisis and collapsed.
Patrons at the Glendale retail center alerted security personnel to the unfolding emergency. Officer Reyes, the first to respond, found Officer Hernandez unresponsive and with a fixed, open-eye gaze.
Suspecting a seizure as the cause, Officer Reyes rolled Officer Hernandez to his side to open his airways and facilitate better breathing. Initially, Officer Hernandez positively responded and began to breathe easier.
The improvement proved brief- soon afterwards, Officer Hernandez once again became nonresponsive and stopped breathing. Unable to locate a pulse, Officer Reyes requested an AED and began CPR compressions. He continued the life-saving measures until emergency responders arrived on the scene and took over. Officer Hernandez was stabilized at the scene and transported to the area hospital where he remained in ICU for several days. Officer Hernandez has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home, grateful for his fellow Officer’s immediate and life-saving response. Emergency responders indicated had it not been for Officer Reyes’ prompt and correct response the outcome would have been very different.
The USA Security Officers are often the pre-first responders to emergencies at client sites, arriving well in advance of medical responders, police and fire fighters. Harold Underdown, Senior Vice President of Security Force Development for USA, commended Officer Reyes, stating, “He is a hero. We are tremendously proud of how instinctively he executed his training. When faced with an emergency situation, you don’t have time to second guess. Our job as a security company is to ensure our Security Officers have the right knowledge and skills to provide the correct and effective response to any crisis. Whether the crisis is a medical emergency, a lost child, a theft, a weather contingency, an environmental hazard or even an active shooter situation, our Officers are prepared. Without a doubt, the training we provide saves lives.”
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U.S. Security Associates (USA) is the market-leading, wholly-owned American, full-service safety and security solutions provider. With over 160 locally-responsive offices, international locations and over 50,000 dedicated professionals, they offer the most complete array of physical security, remote surveillance, and global consulting and investigations to ensure better outcomes for thousands of clients and a range of industries. Innovative applications of leading-edge, proprietary technology enable USA to rank annually among the world’s best training companies, sustain the highest standards of quality, and underscore world-class customer service with unparalleled accountability. USA’s rise as one of the largest innovative security solutions leaders is a natural byproduct of these differentiators and enable the company to provide the most Safe. Secure. Friendly.® environments for people, assets, and brands.