A Fresno County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday on charges of domestic violence, the Clovis Police Department said Thursday.
Deputy David Matthew Raquenio was booked and eventually released.
In 2016, Raquenio was given the Top Cop award for his part in saving the life of the victim of a car crash.
Raquenio was the first to arrive at the scene, and the only information he was given about the emergency was by someone pointing toward a mountainside located a mile away.
He followed tire tracks left in the muddy dirt, which he assumed to belonged to the victim’s vehicle. He later came upon a vehicle lying on its side, several hundred feet below the trail, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Raquenio approached the vehicle, he found the driver severely injured. Raquenio, who has military medical training, knew the severity of his injuries, so he treated him for shock and stabilized him.
He remained with the driver until EMS arrived.
After his shift ended, Raquenio went to the hospital and followed up on the man’s condition, who had undergone open-heart surgery. Doctors informed Raquenio that the driver had suffered a badly torn aorta. The Sheriff’s Office said they went on to say that if it were not for Raquenio’s quick actions, the driver most likely would have died.
No other information on Raquenio’s arrest was immediately available.