Calif. deputies save inmate after attempted suicide

Deputies found the man, cut the ligature and began resuscitation efforts after finding he had no pulse


By Glenda Anderson
The Press Democrat

UKAIH, Calif. — Fast-acting Mendocino County corrections deputies saved the life of an inmate who tried to hang himself in his cell last week, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

“Correctional deputies Steve Siderakis, Juan Zavala and Aaron Shaw acted exemplary in this situation. CPR was started promptly as has been trained, and because of their efforts, a life has been saved,” officials said in a prepared statement released Monday.

Deputies found the man Thursday morning, cut the ligature and began resuscitation efforts after finding he had no pulse, sheriff’s officials said.

When jail medical staff arrived soon after, the man once more had a pulse and was breathing, officials said.

Ukiah Fire Department personnel then assumed treatment. The man was eventually flown to an out-of-county hospital.

An investigation determined he was without oxygen for about six minutes, officials said.

The man, who is expected to make a full recovery, was returned to the sheriff’s custody Saturday.

The victim’s name was not released for privacy reasons, officials said.

Copyright 2016 The Press Democrat

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