Marion Police Officer Scott Fletcher uses his military combat medic training as a vital part of his routine, having saved multiple lives and counting.
In one instance, on November 5th, 2022, he saved a young child who had stopped breathing. The 3‑year-old boy was blue and lifeless when Officer Fletcher and fellow officers arrived to a home on W. 8th Street. After 30 seconds and some hard back slaps, the child starting crying and breathing again and his color immediately returned. Fletcher had learned that the child was on a feeding tube and had vomited while being fed. Knowing that feeding tube patients cannot swallow on their own, he knew quickly what to do.
Sgt. Michael Ross had stated in a report that, “Officer Fletcher’s quick and decisive action and knowledge quickly led to the baby breathing again.”
Fletcher had served four years active-duty military as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army. The Army was where he also received his EMT certification and began teaching BLS (Basic Life Support) and CLS (Cardiac Life Support). Since out of the military, Fletcher has been the EMS Director at Marion Quality Care, served on a volunteer fire department, and has been with MPD since 2020.
Fletcher uses advanced medical training to save lives on a weekly basis as a first responder – from treating overdose cases, gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents, and more.
Chief Angel Haley expressed, “Officer Fletcher does a fantastic job, and is an asset to the department. He works tirelessly for the citizens of Marion.”
Despite the intense work, Fletcher is an officer who truly loves his job and values the camaraderie of his fellow officers. “It’s something I have strived for since the military. It is a brother and sisterhood. You rely on each other to have your back. I’m very close to everyone I work with, and it’s why I love coming in to work every day.”
Fletcher has an 18-year-old son who in December of 2022 also graduated as a Combat Medic.