LANCASTER – Two Lancaster Station deputies were among the 20 sheriff’s employees honored for heroic deeds at a Lifesaving Awards ceremony Tuesday.
The Lifesaving Award is presented to employees or reserve members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life that otherwise would have expired without the employee’s direct involvement.
On October 27, 2011, Sergeant Theresa Dawson and Deputy Javier Munoz, assigned to Lancaster Station, responded to an attempt suicide call.
When they arrived at the residence, they were immediately directed to the garage, where they observed a man hanging from the rafters with a noose tied around his neck.
Sergeant Dawson and deputy Munoz worked quickly to cut the rope and take the victim down. They checked his vital signs and found him unresponsive.
They immediately began CPR, and after approximately one minute the victim gasped and appeared to inhale. They continued CPR until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital.
The immediate response and decisive actions of Sergeant Dawson and Deputy Munoz not only saved the victim’s life, but prevented him from suffering any irreversible brain damage.
The victim’s mother later sent a letter to Sergeant Dawson and Deputy Munoz, thanking them for saving her son’s life and advising that he had made a full recovery.
For their actions, Sergeant Dawson and Deputy Munoz were presented the Lifesaving Award.
Three deputies honored for lifesaving efforts in Quartz Hill
Three deputies from the Sheriff’s Parks Bureau were also honored at the Lifesaving Awards Ceremony for saving a man’s life after a traffic collision in Quartz Hill last September.
On September 23, 2011, Deputies Christopher Deaville, Glenn Jorian, and Charles Weathers responded to a call of a single traffic collision in Quartz Hill. At the scene they found a 23-year-old man had been thrown from his vehicle. The deputies rushed to assist and quickly determined the victim had no pulse and was not breathing.
Deputy Weathers, a trained emergency medical technician, took control and directed Deputies Jorian and Deaville to assist him with CPR. Deputies Jorian and Weathers and an off-duty nurse rolled the victim onto his back using a spine-stabilizing technique, while Deputy Deaville monitored the victim’s pulse.
Deputy Weathers used a bag valve mask to apply rescue breaths while Deputy Jorian continued to stabilize the victim’s spine. After determining the victim’s chest was not rising properly, Deputy Weathers inserted a tube in the victim’s mouth and throat to open his airway.
Paramedics arrived and allowed Deputy Weathers to continue his lifesaving efforts. The deputies then assisted paramedics in securing the victim for transport to a local hospital.
Although the victim sustained major life-altering injuries, including a broken neck, and his road to recovery will be long and arduous, the opportunity for him to recover is due to the professional efforts of these three deputies.
For their actions, Deputies Weathers, Jorian and Deaville were presented the Lifesaving Award. Deputies Jorian and Deaville are former Lancaster deputies.
(Information via press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.)