Omaha Police Officer Leighanne Loges set a high standard for her fellow rookies by reviving a woman who had collapsed Thursday while frantically searching for her missing daughter.
Loges was on just her second day of patrol when she heard a radio call about 9 a.m. for a missing 5-year-old girl at an apartment complex just east of 102nd and Maple Streets.
Loges, who was already in the area, arrived first and found two women and several children huddled around the girl's mother. The woman had collapsed on the sidewalk and was not breathing.
“I thought it was a possible seizure, so I called for a medic right away,” Loges said. “There was no pulse, so I began chest compressions, and after about 10 compressions she ended up taking a big breath in.”
Loges said the woman became more alert after 30 to 45 seconds and began asking about her daughter.
Other police officers arrived. They learned that one of the adult women at the scene had taken the girl to school.
Officers confirmed that the girl was safe.
The mother, Fadumo Ahmed, 26, was taken by Fire Department medics to Methodist Hospital for tests. Ahmed was treated at the hospital and released.
“I'm just glad she gets to spend another day with her loved ones,” Loges said. “It's very surreal, but I'm glad I was there for her.”
Loges, 25, grew up in Omaha and graduated from Millard West High School.
She received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, with a minor in forensic science, from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. She is working on a master's degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
She said she was drawn to law enforcement partly because her grandfather was a deputy with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office.
Loges said her Omaha Police Department training prepared her to handle tough situations, even on her second day on the streets alone.
“I was a little surprised,” she said. “But they taught us we have to be ready for anything.”
She was asked if she was taking any kidding from officers for getting so much attention so early in her career. Loges laughed and said her colleagues have all been supportive.
“Everyone has been great. It feels pretty good.”