Farmington, NM – A Farmington Police Department Explorer recently received recognition for his lifesaving efforts. Isaiah Miera was presented with the Young Citizens Award at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Conference on Wednesday, December 3 in Albuquerque. Individuals under the age of 18 may be nominated for the award. Nominees must have exhibited courageous acts in the face of difficult or dangerous circumstances or have made a positive and direct impact in their community. Such acts must have taken place while aiding law enforcement.
Miera was nominated for performing lifesaving measures during a ride-along with a Farmington police officer. On September 19, 2014, 15-year-old Miera was participating in a ride-along with Officer Angela Prince. At 7:30 a.m. he and Officer Prince were dispatched to a down subject outside of a local middle school. Upon arrival, Officer Prince assessed the 41-year-old subject and determined that he was not breathing. Mr. Miera advised Officer Prince that he was a trained lifeguard and was certified in CPR. Officer Prince retrieved her CPR mask and began giving rescue breaths while Miera provided chest compressions. They gave approximately five cycles of CPR for over a minute before EMS arrived. It was later determined that the subject was suffering from a drug overdose, which he survived, in part, due to the swift actions of Mr. Miera and the officer.
Sally Uebelacker, award committee chair, presented Miera with the award. He attended the banquet with his mother and a friend. Deputy Chief Keith McPheeters with the Farmington Police Department was also present in support of Miera.