by Ian D Scofield
On August 22nd, Deputy Sheriff Robert Rumfelt (Lakeport, Californai) responded, along with other deputies, to a call for a fight that involved between four and five people. Upon arriving on scene, one of the subjects fled the area on foot. Deputy Rumfelt was one of the deputies who attempted to follow him into the woods.
During the officers attempts to arrest the subject, he became combative and resisted arrest. A TASER was deployed, and the subject was brought into custody. Deputy Rumfelt cleared the scene in his patrol vehicle and drove away at normal speeds (with no lights or sirens either). After getting less than half-mile away from the scene, Deputy Rumfelt’s patrol vehicle struck a tree.
Medics responded to the scene of the accident and was transported to the hospital. Throughout the response and transport, life saving measures were deployed.
Deputy Rumfelt passed away from wounds sustained during the accident. While a thorough investigation is still underway, it is believed that the deputy suffered from a medical emergency after the altercation and lost control of the vehicle.
At this time we don’t know if Deputy Rumfelt’s medical condition was caused by the altercation or not. But it does serve as a reminder to all of us that after every altercation we should be checking ourselves to ensure that we are good to continue on.
After any hands-on altercation, we should stop and take a breath as soon as it is safe to do so. Do not sit down unless you absolutely have to. Stay standing and raise your hands above your head. Take small steps around and get your blood flowing. This will help with the adrenaline that is coursing through your system and help you to feel more balanced.
Once you start to feel in control, take mental stock of your body. Does anything hurt? Are you bleeding? Do you feel okay? If the fight was serious, take the time to wipe down your body. Feel over your limbs and check to make sure nothing is bleeding and everything is present.
If everything feels good, then good. Despite the fact that there is a big stigma that seeking help is not a good thing, do not be hesitant to seek help when you feel something is wrong. A trip to the hospital is much better than other alternatives. Plus, an injury left untreated can lead to bigger issues down the road.
Sometimes you might not necessarily be hurt or feeling bad but you might not be ready to move on. It is also okay to take a minute. After you have done your assessment you can take a quick walk or sit in your squad for a minute.
Our hearts at APTI go out to Rumfelt’s wife, family, and co-workers. We hope that all of you take a moment to give tribute to a fallen brother but that you also take it to heart that officer health is incredibly important. Be healthy out there and do your best to stay safe in the field.
About The Author:
Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer. At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content. Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.
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