Claudia Apolinar, 31, applied to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department about 3 years ago, and graduated from the Academy in July of 2019. On Saturday, she and her partner faced a test of fortitude, when they were ambushed while sitting in their patrol vehicle at the metro station in Compton, California.
Claudia Apolinar – Courage under fire
Our military veterans are trained to have courage under fire, as are law enforcement. This woman was previously a librarian – she flushed all of the years of working with books and ordinary situations to operate with purpose and strength in an emergency. She and her partner were shot multiple times. In spite of their horrific injuries, Claudia was able to initiate radio traffic, get out of the patrol vehicle, help get her partner to safety, use a tourniquet on him to save his life, and make sure any civilians in the area were safe in case of an active shooter.
“They didn’t give up, they didn’t cower down. They got out and took care of each other, took cover, made sure it wasn’t an active shooter situation. You’ve got to praise them for their courage and ability to fight for their lives and everybody else’s lives…It’s an extreme situation. She was shot in the face, shot in the upper torso several times. To have the wherewithal to get yourself out of the vehicle and the line of fire in case it continues, but then to take care of your partner, initiate radio traffic make sure the civilians in the area are safe, it shows a lot about her courage and intestinal fortitude.” Lt Brandon Dean LASD
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The Daily Mail reported,
“Harrowing dispatch call reveals a shaky voice called in the shooting, muttering: ‘998 Compton Pax.’ Recognizing the code for a deputy-involved shooting, a dispatcher asks: ‘Just happened?’ The voice replies, almost unintelligibly, ‘Compton Pax, deputies down. Compton Pax 998.'”
Claudia kept her head in the most dire of circumstances. Both she and her partner are now in stable condition and expected to recover, thanks to the inner strength of a former librarian.
Claudia Apolinar has a 6 year old boy at home. Her father, Adolfo, has kept vigil by her side at the hospital, where she is being guarded by LASD deputies (as is her partner, who has not been identified).
Both deputies have a long road to recovery. Will they ever be able to return to duty with the LASD? It’s unknown at this point, since their injuries are severe.
A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator, in addition to a $75,000 reward offered by two individuals. That amount may increase.
To paraphrase Andrew Jackson, “One man (or woman) with courage makes a majority.”
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