Officer Karleigh Smoak: Protecting, Serving, and Saving Lives

Officer Karleigh Smoak: Protecting, Serving, and Saving lives

Officer Karleigh Smoak: Protecting, Serving, and Saving lives

Officer Karleigh Smoak: Protecting, Serving, and Saving Lives

Gainesville, Florida – When Gainesville Police Officer Karleigh Smoak started her shift yesterday, she had no idea how important she would be. Officer Smoak was dispatched to the Continuum Apartments to a report of a wife finding her husband unconscious and not breathing.

Officer Smoak was in the area and her quick response resulted in her arriving at the call prior to Fire Rescue. The wife was hysterical and was unable to begin CPR. Immediately after Officer Smoak arrived, she immediately began CPR on the man. Once rescue arrived they took over treatment and transported the man to a hospital in Gainesville.

The life-saving efforts of Officer Karleigh Smoak allowed the man to begin breathing on his own again. According to the emergency room physician, the quick and decisive actions of Officer Smoak saved this man’s life and allowed him to continue on another day. Great job Officer Smoak! You serve your community well.

In today’s society where law enforcement is often vilified, it is refreshing to read stories such as this touting the efforts of first responders and police officers. These officer frequently save the lives of the citizens in the communities which they serve. The media and the hate mongers would have you believe that police officers live for the thrill of shooting and killing people. The truth is that these officers are doing the job to maintain a quality-of-life for the citizens in the communities they work for.

The vilification of law enforcement has to stop. During use-of-force incidents, officer-involved shootings, and other high-profile media events there are those who would like you to believe that race plays some governing role in the actions that law enforcement officers take. In these life-saving instances, hundreds or thousands which occur every year, there is no mention of the race, color, economic, or social status of those people who are saved by law enforcement. Law enforcement turns a blind eye to all of these things when a life hangs in the balance, and they react with their training, ethics, and their desire to protect those that they serve, regardless of any of these factors.

Kudos to Officer Karleigh Smoak and the Gainesville Police Department for fighting the good fight.