Here is an accolade from the field for Jay Perez, a former Unity student.
He is one of many outstanding young women and men making the name Unity College
well known around the country.
Have a great holiday season
"On 9 May 2007, at approximately 1015 hours, Refuge Officer Jay Perez was
on routine patrol in the visitor parking area of the National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD. He observed a man running from the wildlife observation trail with fresh blood on his shirt, yelling that someone on the boardwalk had been stabbed. Officer Perez quickly located a woman lying on the trail’s boardwalk, bleeding profusely. Officer Perez immediately radioed in his position, requesting medical assistance and backup. While waiting for medical response, Officer Perez applied direct pressure to the victim’s wounds. His actions and demeanor quickly calmed her down, whereupon he was able to obtain critical information that later led to the capture of the assailant. Given the seriousness of the woman’s injuries and extensive loss of blood, emergency personnel on scene did not believe the woman would survive the Medi-Vac helicopter ride to the Baltimore Shock Trauma Unit. Fortunately, she did survive, and after four surgeries on her neck and numerous complications, is expected to fully recover. Clearly, without Officer Perez’ quick response and proper actions in rendering the victim first-aid, she would have succumbed to her injuries. Additionally, without Officer Perez’s calming influence and presence to talk to the victim while waiting for medical help, the assailant would not have been captured so quickly.
For his role in saving the victim’s life, as well as getting critical information leading to the capture of the assailant, Refuge Officer Jay Perez is awarded the Department of the Interior Exemplary Act Award."
Thomas A. Goettel
Regional Refuge Law Enforcement Chief
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge System
300 Westgate Center Dr.
Hadley, MA 01035-9589