Cleveland Police Officer Emily McCain was surprised when she was honored by the Cleveland Board of Aldermen recently for going above and beyond the call of duty.
"I had no idea I was getting recognized. My dad just told me I had to be there," said McCain.
While on night shift, McCain got a call about a disturbance that someone had been stabbed.
The wounded man had left the scene and when McCain came across him he was covered in blood.
"I don't think he realized how hurt he was. I got him to lie down and used some quick clot that we carry in our bags. I held pressure and he quit breathing twice so I had to do CPR with my other hand. After that I held his hand and talked to him," said McCain.
McCain is also an EMT and had been in similar situations so she was prepared when she found the individual in his condition.
"I held his hand and talked to him until emergency services arrived.”
McCain said she became a police officer because law enforcement is a world she has known all of her life.
"It's something I've watched my grandfather do in the same department and my dad too. I've always loved law enforcement and the thrill of helping others and bringing about justice," she said.