October 18, 2016

Contact: Sandi Poreda, APR / 850.766.1906


OVIEDO, FL – The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) today announced two Oviedo police officers are recipients of the FPCA Lifesaving Award. Officer Chris Salemi and Officer Jaymes Dominguez with the Oviedo Police Department were honored yesterday for an exceptional lifesaving act which occurred earlier this year.

“Serving your community as a police officer is often an extremely dangerous job, but it can also be incredibly rewarding,” said Coconut Creek Police Chief Butch Arenal, President of the FPCA. “So many of our officers are saving lives, protecting their communities and making a difference on a daily basis, and we are proud to recognize these exemplary award recipients.”

In May, Oviedo Police were dispatched to the residence of a 68-year-old female who was not breathing. The officers immediately began CPR and were able to establish a pulse. Because of their quick response and intervention, the officers likely saved the victim’s life.

“Officers Dominguez and Salami are dedicated professionals committed to delivering quality police services to the Oviedo community,” said Oviedo Police Department Chief Jeffrey Chudnow. “Their life-saving actions demonstrate that police officers on the street are there to assist whoever and whenever needed, not just for enforcement.”

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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