Mendocino Deputy Saves Man’s Life

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

On 03-20-15 at approximately 12:39 AM, Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff Zemanuel Lima was on routine patrol in the Fort Bragg area and overheard emergency medical and fire personnel, on another radio channel, being dispatched to a residence on Ocean View Dr., Fort Bragg.  They were responding to a report of an unresponsive male adult, with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) being conducted by the caller.

Deputy Lima responded, without being requested, to provide any assistance that he could. He arrived within minutes, before emergency medical personnel, and found the victim’s wife struggling to provide CPR to the victim. Deputy Lima examined the victim and found that he was not breathing, did not have a pulse, and his eyes were fixed and dilated.

Deputy Lima acted quickly and began performing effective CPR on the victim, which he sustained for approximately 5 minutes until emergency medical personnel arrived. Deputy Lima assisted emergency medical personnel for an additional approximately 20 minutes until the victim had a spontaneous return of circulation. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital in serious, but stable, condition.

Medical personnel at the scene and at the hospital emphatically stated that Deputy Lima’s timely and effective application of CPR saved the victim’s life.



  • William F. Honsal Sr.

    Deputy “Zee” Lima is an authentic, caring individual, friendly, outgoing, and involved member of the Fort Bragg community. He graduated from the College of the Redwoods, Basic Police Academy, 103rd. Session, 2008, then went to work with Mendocino County Sheriff, posted to Fort Bragg area. It is not always the case that a peace officer is in the right place at the right time, but a quick response, to this medical emergency – CPR, plus a timely EMS assist, saved a life. Congratulations to Deputy Lima, and look forward to seeing you at MacKerricher State Park. And a big thanks to all law enforcement in the Fort Bragg area, a jewel of the north coast, and a great place to vacation.

  • Don’t you just love good news? Thanks Deputy Zima!

  • Please keep your eye out for First Responder classes, which are often given by various volunteer fire departments and search and rescue units, and sign up for training. You could save someone’s life, especially in the back country where it often takes quite awhile for help to arrive.

  • Seriously, that almost never turns out that way. Kudos.

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