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Deputy Ivan Villafana Commended for Lifesaving Actions
Posted: 2/19/2013 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 6:26 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 hang-up call from a resident at the “Encore RV Park” in Casa Grande. As deputies were responding to the residence, the 9-1-1 Operator called the number back. A male answered the phone and said his wife’s “dialysis fistula” had opened and she was bleeding profusely from her arm. The female was slipping in and out of consciousness because of the amount of blood she had already loss. Deputy Ivan Villafana arrived within minutes of the original 9-1-1 call coming into our Communications Center. He immediately assessed the situation as the female was bleeding profusely even through the towel her husband was attempting to hold on her arm to slow the bleeding. Deputy Villafana removed the towel and applied direct pressure with his hand to the wound which immediately stopped the bleeding. A short time later, Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on scene and quickly applied a tourniquet to her arm. The female was still drifting in and out of consciousness. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was provided with a blood transfusion to save her life. Medical personnel said that if Deputy Villafana would not have intervened when he did and taken lifesaving action, the female would have died. Medical staff credited Deputy Villafana with saving her life because of his quick actions.

Deputy Villafana has been a member of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office since January of 2011. He is also a United States Army Reserves assigned to the 56th Military Police Company (combat support). Next month Staff Sergeant Villafana will be deployed back to Afghanistan in support of “Operation Enduring Freedom.” He has been in the Army Reserves for seven years and was deployed one time prior in 2007 in Support of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

On February 19, 2013 Deputy Ivan Villafana was presented with a Lifesaving Medal by Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “I am proud of Deputy Villafana both for his service as a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy and also as a member of our Armed Forces. When a family member called 9-1-1 for help, Deputy Villafana was there for them and thanks to his quick thinking and actions their loved one was saved.”


Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney

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