MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Two Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune police officers with the Provost Marshal’s Office (PMO) were presented the Lifesaving Award for life-saving actions following an accident in which a Marine with 2nd Tank Battalion was severely injured on MCB Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2020.
Adam Wallace and Michael Walusz, both police officers with MCB Camp Lejeune PMO, were presented the award by U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Matthew Dowden, the commanding officer of 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.
“These two officers were directly responsible for saving the life of a 2nd Tank Battalion Marine,” Dowden said. “I cannot tell you how much it means to us to be able to come present this award. It is the least I can do and an absolute privilege to be able to assist in the presentation.”
On Aug. 22, 2020, Wallace and Walusz responded to the scene of an accident and were unable to locate a person or vehicle. As officers were responding to the accident, the dispatcher advised officers there was an injured person on the front porch of a residence almost a half-mile away. The two officers informed dispatch they would divert to help the injured Marine.
Upon arriving, both officers began securing the injured Marine to prevent further injuries. Walusz stated that as they were securing the injured person they noticed the individual stopped breathing and had no pulse.
“He was gasping for breath, and as we started to add a c-spine to prevent further neck injuries he stopped breathing,” Walusz said. “Our training kicked in and we began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”
After CPR was successful in starting the individual’s heartbeat and breathing, the officers continued to monitor the individual until emergency services arrived.
According to Lt. Eric Quintero, the PMO Assistant Operations Officer, this is the first time this award has been presented to any civilian police officers on MCB Camp Lejeune.
“The significance of this award is to recognize the outstanding lifesaving efforts and accomplishments of civilian police officers and increase the awareness of their sacrifices, services, and contributions,” said Quintero. “It also represents what protecting and serving means on the base.”