July 12, 2004
A Chandler police officer could receive a commendation for his quick actions that helped save a man’s life.
Paul Babeu, with little more than a year on the force, used his CPR training to revive a man who was not breathing July 3 outside a Circle K store at 498 S. Arizona Ave.
"Officer Babeu’s efforts sustained a man’s life until emergency personnel took over," police spokesman George Arias said. "This is a guy who is very, very confident, and who has tons of potential. We are very proud of officer Babeu."
Word of Babeu’s actions spread through the police department, and he may be recognized officially for his quick thinking, Arias said. Babeu, who could not be reached for comment, has expressed that he was just doing what any officer in his place would have done, Arias said.
Babeu, responding to a 911 call, found the man lying on the pavement.
"A friend of his is slapping him in the face trying to get a reaction out of him, and everybody is standing around doing nothing," Arias said.
Babeu cleared people away, pulled out a departmentissued CPR mask and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions. After a while he was able to detect a faint pulse and shallow breathing.
The man was taken to a hospital by paramedics and is no longer in danger. It was later learned that the man may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.