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Carroll County commissioners presented awards to emergency services staff at their April 6 meeting as part of the county's Emergency Services Appreciation and Recognition program.
Established last spring, the program designates March 1 of each year as a day to honor all emergency services personnel in the county. A separate awards ceremony recognizes individuals who are deemed to have excelled in the line of duty during the previous year.
Sheriff's Department deputies Frank Herda, Jason Jackson and Jeffrey Solomon received the Lifesaving Award, which recognizes emergency personnel who have saved the life of an individual who had no pulse and was not breathing.
Herda and Jackson received their award for saving the life of a man who had overdosed on heroin. The deputies responded to a Sept. 3, 2016, call from a woman who said her husband had overdosed in their Malvern home.
When the deputies arrived on the scene, the woman took them to the bathroom, where they found the husband lying on the floor. Herda began CPR while Jackson administered a first dose of Narcan, a medication used to resuscitate individuals from opiate overdoses. With an ambulance still 10 minutes away and the man still not responsive, the deputies switched roles and Herda administered a second dose of Narcan.
Just before the ambulance arrived, the deputies administered a third dose of Narcan. The man's pulse returned, and he was taken to the hospital alive.
Deputy Solomon received his award for saving the life of another man who had also overdosed on heroin. He responded to an Aug. 21, 2016, call from a Harrison Township resident who told dispatch that he had found a visiting friend lying unresponsive on his bathroom floor. The resident said he suspected the man had overdosed on heroin.
When Solomon arrived, the man was unresponsive and turning blue. Solomon began CPR. Shortly after, the man began gasping for air and then began breathing without assistance, but he soon collapsed. Solomon resumed CPR and, before the ambulance arrived, administered Narcan, which resuscitated the man.
Dispatcher Robert House received the Commendation Award, which recognizes third-party emergency personnel who have helped save an individual's life.
House was working in the 911 call center on the evening of Dec. 26, 2016, when he received a call from a cell phone. The only sound on the other end of the line was a faint alarm. After listening carefully, House recognized the sound was coming from a smoke detector. However, no caller was available to give an address, and the county's current 911 software does not immediately indicate the location of a call.
House repeatedly triangulated the signal between cell phone towers to narrow in on the caller's address. He sent fire control and law enforcement to the scene, where first-responders found a house full of smoke and a man passed out in the home. The man's life was saved.
Commissioners presented the three deputies and House with ribbons to display on their uniforms as well as signed certificates from the board and from the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association. Their names join those of last year's recipients on a recognition board that will be displayed in the county courthouse.
The board also recognized recipients for a new "Honorable Mention" category, which will be used to recognize individuals whose actions have not met the criteria used for award categories but who are deemed worthy of special recognition.
Commissioners presented honorable mention certificates to sheriff's department deputies James Martin, Ryan Salasek, James Lemonte, and Sergeant Travis Lauhon.
Board President Jeff Ohler noted that the county's sheriff's department covers more miles per deputy than Tuscawaras, Harrison, or Columbiana. Among its neighbors the department ranks second in the number of deputies serving the population.
"Not only do you do a great job, but you also cover a lot of ground and you serve a lot of people," Ohler commented.
"My staff do a wonderful job. The road deputies work hard," stated Sheriff Dale Williams.