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    “To serve and protect” is not just a motto for one Soldier

    “To serve and protect” is not just a motto for one Soldier

    Photo By 1st Sgt. Alex Ramos | U.S. Army Sgt. Jehud Presume, a reserve noncommissioned officer assigned to...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Alex Ramos 

    Special Operations Command South

    Very few people know what it means to serve your country, but for U.S. Army Sgt. Jehud Presume, a reserve noncommissioned officer assigned to headquarters and headquarters company, Special Operations Command South, serving his country doesn’t stop when he wears his Army uniform. Instead, when he is not under U.S. Army orders, he switches to a different one.

    Presume, who was born in New York, has been an officer with the Miramar Police Department for approximately five years.

    “To me, serving is an absolute honor,” said Jehud. “Both in my community and my country. There is no better sentiment than being able to serve and protect the weak from being preyed on by the criminal element. I believe only those who have discovered the power of sincere and selfless contribution to humans experience life's most profound joys and true fulfillment.”

    Presume moved to Haiti with his family three months after being born. His parents wanted him to learn French and Haitian Creole. He moved back to the U.S. when he was 10-years-old and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    “My parents invariably taught me to be honest, to be selfless, and to touch people positively,” said the 31-year-old.

    Having deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and once for humanitarian assistance to translate Haitian Creole, Presume is no stranger to conflict and has answered the call a few times throughout his life.

    Sept. 3, 2019, was a little different.

    “It was my first day back from coming off of military leave at SOCSOUTH. The first day, first police service call of the day,” said Presume. “We rushed over with lights and sirens because the call came out as a heart attack in progress. When we arrived, the patient was lying on the ground outside of a gas station with no shirt. My heart was racing because I know that every second count, and we will make a difference whether he lives or dies. So while doing (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), our on-scene investigation led us to believe it may be more than just a heart attack and drugs may be involved, so we moved from just normal CPR to the use of the (Automated External Defibrillator) to then administering the Narcan (Nasal Spray).”

    “Within five minutes, he was breathing and alert again. Seconds later, fire rescue showed up and took him and continued to stabilize him while taking him to the (Emergency Response),” he explained.

    Reflecting on the moment, Presume described how he felt.

    “As scary and heart racing as it is, you just go back to your training and experience,” he said.

    Oct. 2, 2019, he and three other officers received a life-saving award for their quick reaction, effective response, and role at that moment.

    “Getting this award meant a lot to me, but it was a team effort,” said Presume. “While I did CPR, other officers were taking the necessary steps to save this patient’s life.”

    The award is an excellent recognition and a reminder to the converted Floridian of what it means to serve.

    “Having the honor of serving my community is just another avenue to fulfill my calling. I am blessed to serve alongside some of the most amazing human beings I have ever encountered; both at Special Operations Command South and in police work. These men and women are truly unsung heroes,” said Presume. “They are all selfless, generous in spirit, and give back as much as possible while helping people. They all play a massive part in honor of serving both my country and community.”



    Date Taken: 10.03.2019
    Date Posted: 10.03.2019 13:13
    Story ID: 345794

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