On May 25, 2012, Officer D.T. Villanueva was providing assistance at the scene of an accident at the intersection Wellington and Cloverhill Roads when a citizen flagged him down. The citizen let him know that a juvenile had fallen from a skateboard and was seriously injured. When Officer Villanueva appeared on the scene, the youth was unconscious and not breathing. Officer Villanueva, with the assistance of a concerned citizen, performed CPR on the young male, reestablishing a pulse as Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene.
As Officer Villanueva contacted the family and began to investigate the incident, he learned that the juvenile had a previous heart condition and was able to relay this information to medical personnel. The victim was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where it was determined that the victim had experienced a cardiac emergency.
The young man has since recovered.
³Medical personnel and family members agreed that Officer Villanueva¹s actions saved this young man¹s life,² said City of Manassas Chief of Police Doug Keen. ³I commend his dedication to duty and am proud to name him Officer of the Year for 2012.²