LA Mayor Karen Bass aids news photographer who collapsed at press conference

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass leapt into action to provide medical assistance to a news photographer who passed out during a press conference on Thursday, video shows.

Bass, a former nurse and physicians assistant, was welcoming 60 new LAPD recruits set to graduate from the police academy next week when a KCAL News photographer collapsed and hit his head, KNX News reported.

“The very first person to run to his rescue was the mayor,” said KNX News’ Craig Fiegener, who was standing right next to the shutterbug when he went down.

Despite all of the police officers present, the mayor appeared to be the only one at the scene who knew what to do, Fiegener said. 

She immediately checked that he was breathing and took his pulse to stabilize him, according to the outlet.


Mayor Karen Bass assisted a news photographer who collapsed on Thursday.

Karen Bass
Bass previously worked as a nurse and physicians assistant before entering politics. AP

Video shows the mayor in a suit bent over the photographer as two other uniformed police officers assist her.

Some others present helped wrap the man’s bleeding head and after about 15 minutes, an ambulance arrived to take the man to the hospital. His condition is not known.

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