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Officers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts


At midnight on September 6th, an Irvine resident suddenly became seriously ill and stopped breathing. The victim’s adult daughter called 9-1-1 and was instructed by an Irvine Police Dispatcher on how to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to assist her struggling father.  Irvine Police Officers Jesse Busta and James Ayres were notified by Dispatch and rushed to the Woodbridge home and relieved the distraught daughter of her CPR efforts.

The officers worked as a team and administered CPR for several minutes before paramedics from the Orange County Fire Authority arrived at the home.  The paramedics continued CPR and started additional lifesaving measures.  The man was rushed to the hospital where he was successfully revived by medical staff. The physicians and nursing staff on-duty remarked that the efforts of Officers Busta and Ayres were instrumental in saving the victim’s life.  They also played an important role in providing support and comfort to family members who arrived at the hospital moments later.

The Irvine Police Department recognizes and deeply values its personnel for lifesaving events in which the officer or civilian takes immediate action that result in a person’s life being saved.  As a direct result of the exceptional actions taken by Officers Busta and Ayres, the victim was afforded precious minutes in order to be transported to a medical facility for treatment.   

October 13, 2010, Officer Jesse Busta and Officer James Ayres were formally recognized for their efforts and were each presented with the Irvine Police Department’s “Lifesaving Ribbon” by Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard.