Jacob Bullard
Jacob Bullard

Glenville State criminal justice student saves a life


GLENVILLE, W.Va. – On March 14, Jacob Bullard, a senior criminal justice major at Glenville State College and Maysel, West Virginia resident, was interning with the Burnsville Police Department alongside Chief Jim Ball when they received a call for an unconscious subject.

Ball and Bullard were nearby and the first on the scene. Upon arrival, Bullard, who recently acquired his CPR certification, was the first to assess the victim and noted no pulse or respiration. He applied chest compressions for several minutes, reviving the victim’s heart, but the victim remained unconscious.

EMS arrived moments later and administered naloxone, fully reviving the victim.

“Jake and I had just taken the new CPR class shortly before this incident happened. He initiated CPR perfectly and, after three attempts, we were able to restart this subject’s heart before EMTs arrived. I think the big reason for that was because of Jake; he did a good job,” said Ball.

Bullard has been interning with the Burnsville Police Department since January and assists in the day-to-day activities of the police department.

“My biggest takeaway so far is the importance of building and maintaining a relationship between the community and local police department,” said Bullard.

The Department of Criminal Justice at Glenville State College uses a mock crime scene house to provide students with hands-on experience working with the same equipment and labs that members of the local and state police train on.

Students are also paired with internships in relevant areas before graduation to network and further their professional experiences.

“We are proud of the criminal justice program here at Glenville State College and how we can help prepare future professionals for this industry. Mr. Bullard’s actions in this incident reflect the high level of integrity and character we strive to instill in our students. His selfless actions and regard for human life reflect the highest ideals of the criminal justice profession,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Kenneth Lang.

After college, Bullard plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

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