A.V. deputy a lifesaver

first_imgMurgatroyd said his adrenaline kicked in when he saw the child seat across the boulevard. Sgt. Michael Handley called Murgatroyd’s actions heroic. “Just knowing what to do and what not to do and acting quickly, I think he saved her life,” Handley said. “As a department, we are very proud of him.” Murgatroyd is a member of a family entrenched in Antelope Valley law enforcement circles. He and his brother, Joseph Murgatroyd, a Palmdale sheriff’s station deputy, are among eight active or retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officers. Ironically, Murgatroyd is often ribbed by colleagues because his name figures in the catchphrase “Heavens to Murgatroyd” used amid panicky situations by 1960s cartoon character Snagglepuss, a friendly lion who appeared in several cartoon episodes including “Quick Draw McGraw” and “Yogi Bear,” among others. “I’m used to it by now,” Murgatroyd said. “I’ve been getting teased about it since the day I was born.” Murgatroyd said he never expected such a commotion to be made of what he considers routine police work “that we all do.” “It’s been surreal,” he said. “It’s nice to be recognized, but none of us are in this for the attention.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A crowd was huddled around the unconscious 4-year-old girl, still in her car seat after it was hurtled some 50 feet in a violent traffic collision. Deputy Ramon Murgatroyd assumed the worst when he raced across the street to find the child wasn’t breathing. He said her eyes were rolled back, and that she had fluid in her mouth. The sheriff’s deputy from Lancaster performed CPR and there’s little question he saved the unidentified youngster’s life. On Monday, she remained hospitalized at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and he was honored as a hero. “Any time you’re coming up on a child you fear the worst, that’s really the only thing that’s crossing your mind,” Murgatroyd said. “Most of us here in this department are parents.” It was 9:30 a.m. Sunday when a 24-year-old woman driving a Honda Civic, her little girl inside, ran a red light on Lancaster Boulevard and was hit broadside by a large sport utility vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, headed south on Challenger Way. Neither the mother nor the 42-year-old Lancaster man driving the Suburban was seriously hurt. Murgatroyd said the Civic was “just obliterated.” “It’s definitely a miracle,” Murgatroyd said. “When you roll up to something like that you don’t expect anybody to live.” last_img read more