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Officer Zac Smith received the Medal of Valor during the city council meeting Monday night for his response to a call on June 7. Smith applied a combat tourniquet on a woman who punched a glass window and lacerated her wrist.

An intoxicated female attempted to break into a house last month by punching through a glass window, lacerating an artery in her wrist in the process.

Body cam footage from the Beatrice Police Department shows the woman acting hysterical and bleeding profusely from the cut sustained on June 7.

Police officer Zac Smith responded to the call, calming the woman and applying a combat tourniquet to the wound, stopping the bleeding until medical attention arrived.

“He most likely saved this lady’s life, without a doubt,” Police Chief Bruce Lang told the city council Monday evening.

Lang said the department’s commendations board has recommended Smith receive the Medal of Valor for his efforts.

“It’s just one more part of our job where you just never know when today’s your day,” Lang said. “You never know if as an officer or a first responder you’re going to be called upon to do something like occurred here.”

Lang also recognized Smith and Officer Derrick Hosick for creating the department’s citizens academy. The last class of the inaugural session was held July 29, and Lang said he’s heard positive feedback from the program.

Mayor Stan Wirth requested that more information about the citizen’s academy be discussed with the council on a later date.

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