COTTONWOOD -- Cottonwood Police Officer Clint Dobrinski was hailed Tuesday night as the "employee of the quarter" during a presentation before the City Council.
Chief Jody Fanning, who nominated Dobrinski for the award, told the council and public that during the March 21 Walmart brawl between Cottonwood Police and the Gaver family, Sgt. Jeremy Daniels had been shot in the leg.
Officer Clint Dobrinski was a backup officer called to the scene to help. When he arrived, Dobrinski evaluated the chaotic scene and saw that Sgt. Daniels was in danger from his gunshot, losing blood and felt his life was at risk if medical attention was not given.
Dobrinski had prior training and knowledge as a paramedic and immediately went to work administering "battlefield medical attention" to Daniels. Because the fight scene remained active and volatile, at one point, Dobrinski had to stop and draw his handgun to protect Daniels and himself. It's believed that without Dobrinski's prior knowledge, training and fast response, Daniels injuries may have led to more serious conclusion, said Fanning.
Dobrinski was modest in accepting the award, "I don't think I deserve it. I was just one of many that were there, that night."
Daniels himself quickly responded, "You do deserve it! You spared the blood loss, got me into a vehicle, drove me to the emergency room. Then you thought of my family and turned around and drove to Verde Village, woke up my wife and took her to the hospital. You deserve every bit of credit," Daniels insisted.
In addition to a check from the city, Dobrinski was presented with the pen-and-ink drawing of a guardian angel protecting a paramedic in the field working on a downed soldier.
The drawing is title, "Not this one, not today."