Man Who Rushed To Aid Of Fallen Officer Insists He’s No Hero

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Michael Brody doesn’t think of himself as a hero or a Good Samaritan. Or even someone who went above and beyond.

Brody is the man who rushed to the aid of Los Angeles School Police Department Officer Jeff Stenroos after Stenroos was shot near El Camino Real High School.

Brody says he was simply doing what he was trained to do.

Michael Brody was driving near the high school when he saw Stenroos on the ground, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Mr. Brody…was able to use the police radio in Officer Stenroos’ car to put out an `Officer needs help’ call,” said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Brody, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, saw that Stenroos was having difficulty breathing and put a life jacket under his head, Borihanh said. Brody attended to the officer until rescuers arrived.

“What I did I don’t feel was anything that unusual,” Brody said today at a news conference at the Police Administration Building.

“The Coast Guard trains its coxswains to take charge and handle whatever comes our way…in all that training we get a lot of radio communication training, and so what I did yesterday was just do what I’m trained to do. It’s as simple as that.”

Stenroos was rushed to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was treated for a bruised chest and head injuries then released.

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