October 13, 2016

Contact: Sandi Poreda, APR / 850.766.1906


DORAL, FL – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today announced the recipients of the first ever FPCA Lifesaving Award to three officers from the Doral Police Department. Officers Amanda Diaz, Christopher Fabregas and Damian Markowycz were honored for an exceptional lifesaving act which occurred earlier this year.

“As our nation struggles with the relationships between communities and police officers, we are extremely proud to honor these fine officers for not only saving a life, but for setting a good example in their community of what it means to protect and serve,” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, President of the FPCA. “It is critical for us to recognize the good in this profession and honor those who work hard to keep our residents and guests safe throughout the state of Florida.”

In March, the officers were dispatched to a residence where they encountered a man in full cardiac arrest. The victim was laying on the floor, unconscious and not breathing. The officers immediately began CPR and were able to establish a pulse. Paramedics arrived shortly afterward and transported the victim – now in stable condition – to a local hospital. Because of their quick response and intervention, the officers likely saved the victim’s life.

“Our officers embody the Guardian mindset,” said Doral Police Chief Don De Lucca. “They take pride in the opportunity to serve their community; there is no greater service than to save a life.”

The Lifesaving Award, sponsored by the Harris Foundation, recognizes law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect their communities. The FPCA accepts nominations from member agencies online at: The award nomination and selection process occurs twice annually.

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