Officer Taylor awakened by crash, saves neighbor 

Hermosa Beach Police Officer Richard Taylor (center) is joined by his family and the neighbor whose life he saved, George Adams (third from left), during a commendation ceremony at the January 24 City Council meeting. Also joining in the ceremony are (left to right) Police Chief Paul LeBaron, Council Member Mike Detoy, Mayor Raymond Jackson, and Council Members Dean Francois and Justin Massey. Photo by Kevin Cody

by Kevin Cody

Hermosa Beach Police Officer Richard Taylor was recognized at the January 24 city council meeting for saving the life of neighbor George Adams. On the morning after Halloween in 2020,  Adams was nearing his home when the small compact he was driving was hit by a cement truck. Upon being awakened by the crash, Officer Taylor rushed from his home to administer CPR to Adams, whose heart had stopped.  “When I came to, Richard asked me who my favorite football team was. I told him the Lions. He said he was a Raiders fan. I said, too bad, they both suck this year. He was just trying to keep me awake until the paramedics arrived. That’s all I can tell you because that’s all I remember. But I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Richard,” Adams said during the commendation ceremony. ER


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