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King County Sheriff honors 2 deputies who saved lives, others at ceremony

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 4, 2011 at 11:23 am with No Comments »
May 4, 2011 11:23 am

Two King County sheriff’s deputies will be among the recipients today at the Sheriff’s Office’s annual awards ceremony.

The ceremony will honor citizens and deputies for their work over the past year.

Here’s information from the King County Sheriff’s Office on two of the honorees:

Captain Bryan Howard will receive the Livesaver Award. On November 6, 2010, Capt. Howard was off duty but arrived at the scene of a farm tractor accident on the Auburn-Enumclaw Road.  A 15 year-old boy driving the tractor was struck from behind by another vehicle.  The accident threw the boy and the tractor into a ditch filled with water, diesel fuel, and animal waste from a nearby dairy.  The tractor was on top of the boy and he was partially submerged.  Capt. Howard immediately entered the contaminated ditch and held the boy’s head out of water until Aid arrived approximately 15 minutes later.

The outcome of this event would likely have been much worse had Capt. Howard not acted so quickly.

The 15 year-old boy and his mother will attend the ceremony.

A second deputy who was off-duty will also receive a Livesaver Award.  On December 29, 2010,  Deputy Eric Lewis was home and when his neighbor came over, frantically knocking on the door.  The neighbor said his granddaughter was not breathing after a seizure.

Eric went next door and found the two year-old girl had turned blue and was not getting enough oxygen.  He determined her airway was blocked by mucus and her tongue.  After he cleared her airway she began to breathe on her own.  Aid arrived and the little girl was sent to the hospital.

The outcome of this event would likely have been much worse had Deputy Lewis not acted so quickly.  Brain damage or even death was a great possibility.

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