Chief Flint reported that Officer Gomez was in Target in Redwood City on Oct. 21 with his family when he saw a 2-year old girl lying on the ground unconscious, and not breathing. The little girl's father was trying to help his daughter but having no results.
"Despite a language barrier, David took immediate action and began life-saving CPR on the little girl," Chief Flint reported. The little girl started breathing again just as the Redwood City Fire Department arrived on the scene, he wrote.
"He is an outstanding officer," Chief Flint said later about Officer Gomez. "I'm really glad that the department has him."
He praised Officer Gomez' "work ethic and customer service and his desire to serve the community of Atherton."
Officer Gomez grew up in Longview, Washington, just north of Portland, Oregon. He played football and baseball in high school and attended Lower Columbia College on a baseball scholarship while he studied administration of justice.
He will complete his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from California Coast University in Santa Ana in April 2012. He is a 2009 graduate of the College of San Mateo Police Academy and worked for a year as a reserve police officer for Atherton before becoming a full-time officer.
He and his wife Jordan have three daughters.
Officer Gomez is one of two recent hires by the Atherton Police Department. The other is Officer Bill Lane, who joined the department on Oct. 16. Officer Lane graduated from the College of San Mateo Police Academy in August of 2009 and began working as an Atherton reserve officer in March 2010.
Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, he attended Morrow Bay High School and Cuesta College. Soon after he was sworn in, he took on a special assignment for the police department by helping with a task force of Bay Area police officers who went to Oakland to help provide crowd control at the Occupy Oakland protest on Nov. 2.
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