Deputies honored for life-saving rescues
BATON ROUGE - Numerous sheriff's deputies were honored for their work at a banquet Tuesday night.
Among those recognized by Sheriff Sid Gautreaux were six deputies for their heroism during dangerous calls. Deputy Kristen McKnight, Cpl. Patrick Roberts, Reserve Dy. John Buie, Lt. Josh Harris, Lt. Eric Strickland and Deputy Brandon Foret were awarded the department's Lifesaving Award and Medal of Valor.
Foret, Strickland and Harris kept a woman from committing suicide and were given the Medal of Valor.
McKnight was given the Lifesaving Award for rescuing someone who had been detained for threatening others when the man jumped into a creek in an effort to try and escape. He was in danger of drowning, and McKnight was able to pull him to the surface of the water. She was a rookie and still in training when the incident happened. In being nominated, her supervisor said without her swift actions, the person in custody may have drowned.
Roberts rescued a man who had a medical emergency and crashed into a creek along I-10 last year. Construction workers watched a person drive into the creek from South Mall Drive. The driver was unresponsive and the vehicle was sinking. The workers alerted Cpl. Patrick Roberts, who was across the street writing a report. Roberts ran from his cruiser, jumped in and pulled the driver of the submerged vehicle to the creek bank.
Roberts also was given the Lifesaving Award Tuesday.
Buie was given the Medal of Valor for a separate rescue on the water. In August 2014, he and deputies from other agencies rescued a woman who fell of a paddleboard during the Big River Regional paddleboat race. The woman was getting sucked toward the pumps of a dredging barge on the Mississippi River and Buie was able to move his boat into a position to block the suction. Buie and the others involved were honored in October, too.
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