Remembering a textbook case of courage and heroism at the Salt Lake City Library

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  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2016 7:48 a.m.

    Great story. But it contains some misinformation about diabetes that I think must be cleared up.

    Lee writes that one of the hostages, a diabetic, "didn’t have her insulin" and was being comforted by other hostages "as she descended into diabetic shock." These words imply that the diabetic needed insulin to prevent diabetic shock. Nothing could be more wrong. In fact, insulin is the last thing a diabetic needs to prevent insulin shock. That's because insulin lowers blood sugar. Insulin shock, which is seriously low blood glucose, is corrected by the diabetic ingesting something that will quickly raise glucose in blood, such as orange juice or candy, or the administration of a glucose IV. Consequently, if the hostage was going into insulin shock, she needed some sugar, not insulin, which would lower it even further.

    Otherwise, a great article - but with a common factual error.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 5, 2016 7:14 p.m.

    I salute the bravery, patience and judgement of this fine officer. He saved lives.

    This incident is one of many which prove the old statement that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." We are fortunate there was a good guy with a gun there that day. (And another at Trolley Square.)

  • Kralon HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
    March 5, 2016 4:22 p.m.

    I have had some questionable experiences with police in the past and I question their training. I know many are attracted to law enforcement because they are physically violent people.

    On the other hand, I personally know some great people who happen to be in law enforcement. Overall, I appreciate what they do and am thankful for the risks they take so I don't have to, much the same as I am thankful for those who serve in the military.

    In today's world, I am probably going to side with those who put their lives on the line unless there is clear evidence they did wrong.

  • David Centerville, UT
    March 5, 2016 1:18 p.m.

    Police officers put themselves in harms way every day in order to protect our communities and maintain order.

    Without police, society would be chaos and anarchy...which may be what some in our society want. But fortunately we have men and women who are willing to serve as police officers and keep us safe.

    Props to this man who literally saved lives.