Rollins Shares Story To Help Others Survive
Deputy shot during robbery attempt deserves award
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Reprinted from The Lancaster News
Some seminars might seem like just a way to pass time. But you might have a hard time convincing Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputy
Brandon Rollins of that.
Last fall, while he was on a dinner break with fellow drug task officers at a Lancaster restaurant, someone tried to rob the restaurant. The incident led to shots and Rollins was wounded. He grabbed his side and realized it was serious, but the knowledge he gained from a
seminar by longtime police trainer Dave Smith last year proved vital in his will to survive.
“Dave’s words came back to him while laying in a pool of blood,” said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Eric Brown. “He refused to
give up and walked out of the hospital four days later.”
Rollins, hit by a bullet that traveled laterally through his body and caused three wounds, was focused and determined to survive.
“I remember sitting on the floor, watching blood drip off my side, not knowing where I’ve been shot, but I knew I didn’t want to die,” Rollins said. “As I sat there, I was wondering if I told my wife goodbye, if I told my kids goodbye. That’s something you say every day before you leave, just in case.
“People kept asking me to lay down, but I didn’t want to lie down on the floor because that meant I was giving up,” he said. “It’s all about your mindset. I didn’t want to give up.”
Rollins said other factors were vital to him in his survival and recovery. Support is crucial, he said. Officers from across the state called and offered their support and some came to sit with him during his hospital stay. “Be there for your friends; be a friend,” he said. “Guys, call and leave a message. It means a lot to them, I know.”
Rollins said faith was another factor. “I believe in an awesome God and absolutely believe that’s why I’m standing here today,” he said.
“It’s helped me stay focused.”
Rollins shared his harrowing story last week at another of Smith’s seminars, “The Winning Mind,” an eight-hour police safety class in
Lancaster. Rollins deserves credit for providing key advice to others who could experience a similar ordeal. In such a case, his advice
could be a potential lifesaver.
“You’ve got to care about each other,” Smith said. “That’s what it means to be a winner.”
Rollins is a winner who will be awarded a new national award recognizing officers who survive critical incidents and exemplify a “not
today” attitude. Rollins is the first recipient and we feel he’s most deserving. Thank goodness for the seminar he attended and for making the most of it by heeding Smith’s words of wisdom.