Pleasanton Police Officers recognized for life-saving work



Officers Steven Vera, Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon and Sgt. Kai Viesca were honored at the Pleasanton City Council meeting on July 16 for their work to save a man's life. Pictured, from left, back row, Councilman Kenneth Hernandez, Mayor Travis Hall, Jr.; middle row, Council Members Robert Leonhardt, JR Gallegos, Robert Earl Wood, Britni Van Curan on the tablet, Diana Prasifka; front row, Officers Steven Vera, Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon and Sgt. Kai Viesca. COURTESY PHOTO

Officers Steven Vera, Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon and Sgt. Kai Viesca were honored at the Pleasanton City Council meeting on July 16 for their work to save a man’s life. Pictured, from left, back row, Councilman Kenneth Hernandez, Mayor Travis Hall, Jr.; middle row, Council Members Robert Leonhardt, JR Gallegos, Robert Earl Wood, Britni Van Curan on the tablet, Diana Prasifka; front row, Officers Steven Vera, Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon and Sgt. Kai Viesca. COURTESY PHOTO

One man in Pleasanton is alive today because of the work of four Pleasanton Police Department Officers.

On June 19, at 3:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to an address where a man appeared to have overdosed on narcotics said Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez.

Patrol Officer Steven Vera arrived on scene first and began chest compressions on the unresponsive man. Officers Alexia Delgadillo, Matthew DeLeon and Sgt. Kai Viesca arrived shortly after and helped with chest compressions.

Officer Delgadillo then administered a dose of NARCAN, medicine used in the event of a drug overdose, and the subject began to show signs of life. He was then transported by ambulance to Methodist South Hospital in Jourdanton, where he made a full recovery.

The four officers were given recognition of their life-saving efforts at Thursday’s City Council meeting in Pleasanton.

It was the second save Pleasanton PD has had to make with Narcan. The department received the lifesaving medicine through a grant a year ago, Chief Sanchez said.

Sanchez added the man would not be alive today, had it not been for the actions taken by the four officers.

“This person is alive today because of the results of these officers’ actions,” Sanchez said. “This is our second save with Narcan. We received a shipment of Narcan last year through a grant. The training was provided to us free of charge along with the Narcan. The grant covered all of the costs. The Pleasanton Police Department acknowledges that the opioid crisis in our country is a major problem and we will continue to combat it on a daily basis.”

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