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Chief receives Life-Saving Award


Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg recently received a surprise Life-Saving Award from the police department.

“The Key West Police Department believes in the recognition of officers, their actions, and outstanding efforts in service to the community and their fellow officers,” Capt. Randy Smith said. “In keeping with our core values, the City of Key West and the Key West Police Department recognize Chief Sean Brandenburg for his outstanding efforts that occurred on May 21.”

On that day, Chief Sean Brandenburg — while off duty — quickly recognized a citizen in Kennedy Shopping Plaza was having difficulty breathing and was in significant distress. He immediately assessed the individual, recognizing he was not breathing, turning blue and had no pulse. Chief Brandenburg immediately started CPR, which he continues until Key West Fire Rescue arrived. Brandenburg’s recognition of the severity of the medical emergency, immediate actions and effective CPR resulted directly in saving the life of the individual.

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