LOS ANGELES – Three Lancaster deputies were among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Personnel formally recognized for their heroic, life-saving actions.
Deputy Jared Fletcher was recognized for pulling two people from a burning vehicle this past October. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release:
On October 27, 2013, while off-duty, Deputy Fletcher came upon a vehicle which had crashed into a telephone pole. The vehicle was on fire and Deputy Fletcher stopped to render aid. The vehicle’s interior was filled with smoke and Deputy Fletcher was unable to see the occupants. He opened the driver’s door and found a female pinned against the steering wheel who was awake, but unresponsive. He pulled her out and moved her a safe distance away.
With the assistance of another motorist, they located a male passenger trapped beneath the dashboard. The vehicle fire continued to spread as Deputy Fletcher and the motorist struggled to free the trapped passenger. After several minutes, they were able to free the man and move him to safety.
There is no doubt the unselfish act and disregard for his own safety Deputy Fletcher displayed saved the lives of both occupants.
Lancaster Station Deputies Michael A. Gelardo and Estevan Perez were recognized for saving a victim from a drug overdose this past September. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release:
On September 1, 2013, Deputies Gelardo and Perez, assigned to Lancaster Station, responded to a person down call. When they arrived at the scene, they encountered a female juvenile performing chest compressions on the victim, who was nonresponsive and had no pulse due to a drug overdose.
Deputy Perez began chest compressions while Deputy Gelardo monitored the victim’s airway. They continued the chest compressions for several minutes until the victim began to gasp for air. Los Angeles County Fire arrived and transported the victim in critical condition.
Without the decisive and lifesaving actions of Deputies Gelardo and Perez, the victim might have perished from the overdose.
The three Lancaster Station Deputies were honored by Sheriff John L. Scott with the Department’s Lifesaving Award. The award is given to employees or Reserve members of the Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life, which would have otherwise been lost without the employee’s direct involvement.
Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers, who narrated the ceremony said, “It was my honor to be part of the Lifesaving Award ceremony. The stories we heard are representative of the heroic work done by the members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department every day.”
To read the lifesaving stories of the 18 other honorees from Sheriff’s substations across Los Angeles County, click here.