Created: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 01:21:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 22 Aug 2013 01:33:52 EST
Macon Police Department Officer Christopher Burtrum received congratulations from his peers and a plaque Thursday for his efforts to save two lives while responding to two serious accidents.
The Precinct 3 officer was lauded for attempting to revive a motorcyclist who was critically injured in an accident on Columbus Road. Burtrum was off-duty at the time when he was first on the scene and performed CPR on the man. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist died.
Burtrum was presented with a plaque by Precinct 3 Capt. Eric Woodford and Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, who explained that the plaque was donated anonymously by citizens who wanted to thank Burtrum for his effort to save the motorcyclist.
Jones recalled that Burtrum, while on duty, recently found a woman lying face down on Robinson Road. When he found she did not have a pulse, he immediately began administering CPR.
When EMS arrived, they continued to work on the woman as she was rushed to a hospital. Later that day, the sergeant in Precinct 3 received a phone call from the hospital that they were able to revive the woman.
Jones said the woman is alive because of Burtrum’s quick thinking and willingness to help.
"I’ve met Officer Burtrum on several cases," Jones said. "He is an asset to the MPD. In the motorcycle incident, he was off-duty and didn’t have to stop. I am impressed with his demeanor, poise and professionalism. I like recognizing good officers when they’re there to hear it.”
“Christopher Burtrum is an officer who will rise through the ranks," Woodford said. "Hard-working and pro-active, he is very humble and uses constructive criticism to become a better policeman. On behalf of Precinct 3 and the MPD, I congratulate him on receiving this recognition. It is well-deserved.”