Two NP officers honored for life-saving actions

Two NP officers honored for life-saving actions

Two North Providence police officers receiving their awards on Oct. 21 are, from left, Christian Orellana and Igor Lima.

PROVIDENCE – On Oct. 21, the Kingdom Lighthouse Church in Providence held its sixth annual Community Awards Ceremony. Deputy Chief Arthur Martins was in attendance representing the North Providence Police Command Staff in honoring two local officers for their life-saving actions.

North Providence Police Officers Igor Lima and Christian Orellana were among the officers who were recognized for “laudable actions while in the performance of their duty,” states a release.

On March 2, a strong storm impacted the area with strong wind and rain, causing many trees and limbs to fall. This resulted in widespread power outages and property damage. While on patrol, Officer Lima saw an elderly woman waving a flashlight at the front door of her Gillen Avenue home who appeared to be signaling for help. Upon arrival, Lima made contact the 87-year-old homeowner who was suffering from double pneumonia and had lost electricity as well as telephone service. The interior temperature of the home was down to 54 degrees, and she was unable to use her cellular phone or activate her Lifeline Alert system to summon help. After ensuring the woman’s safety, Lima made contact with her friend, and was able to facilitate a safe, warm place for her to stay until power was restored. 

“Officer Lima’s situational awareness, alertness and diligence to duty were instrumental in resolving a situation, which may have resulted in the loss of life,” states the release.

On June 3, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Officer Orellana was assisting with a traffic stop when he heard a woman yelling in the vicinity of Notte Park. He went to investigate and observed a female sitting on a rock overlooking the Wenscott Reservoir. The woman appeared upset and was speaking loudly into a cell phone. Orellana began speaking with the woman, who told him to not approach her. The woman then threw her phone and jumped into the lake. Orellana saw that the woman was having difficulty staying above the water. He immediately jumped into the water and brought her to the shore. The woman was then immediately treated. Officer Orellana helped save a person from drowning. 

“The female victim was having trouble swimming and Officer Orellana took quick decisive action to save her life,” states the release.

Chief David Tikoian said that as head of the North Providence Police Department, “I could not be more pleased or prouder with the impressive and valiant actions of these two officers. Their actions reflect the dedication long associated with the North Providence Police Department’s commitment to enhance public safety. They are fine police officers who are a credit to the department and their families. Job well done.”

On Oct. 21, officers from Cranston, Providence and North Providence were recognized for their commendable work in the community.