“This is another outstanding example of our dedicated men and women at the Sheriff’s Office who go above and beyond to help their fellow citizens. Tommy Dixon and Matt Cromartie acted quickly and decisively to save a life.”
Polk County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tommy Dixon and Deputy Sheriff Matthew Cromartie were dispatched to a crash on Sunday, August 18, 2013, shortly after 11:10 am, on Maple Hill Road, Lakeland.
Upon arriving, Sergeant Dixon and Deputy Cromartie observed three different parked vehicles in two separate yards that had been struck and heavily damaged; they also found a man in Ranger pickup truck with no pulse and who was not breathing.
Deputy Cromartie immediately pulled the victim from the truck and began administering CPR, he also called to Sergeant Dixon to bring an agency issued AED. Sergeant Dixon applied the AED pads and turned on the equipment while Deputy Cromartie continued CPR. When the AED advised “shock,” Sergeant Dixon activated the AED providing a shock to the victim. The victim began to breathe and display a low pulse. When Emergency Medical personnel responded, it was determined the victim had suffered a heart attack; EMTs advised the actions of Sergeant Dixon and Deputy Cromartie likely saved the man’s life.
The victim, later identified as 53-year-old Jeff Andrews, Lewis Road, Lakeland, was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.