Sheriff’s Department presents awards

Sheriff David Beth on Tuesday recognized several personnel who responded in an exceptional way during the course of their duties. S_6092-op

Deputy Patrick Weyand. Not in attendance, retired deputy Gene Lake.

“On May 7, 2007 Deputy Patrick Weyand and Deputy Gene Lake responded to Spring Valley Country Club for a man having a medical event. Dep. Weyand found the man was not breathing and had no pulse. He immediately began CPR. Deputy Lake arrived with an Automatic Electronic Defribulator (AED). The AED administered a shock and CPR was continued. Shortly, thereafter is was determined that the man did have a pulse. He was turned over to rescue squad members for continued medical care. The individual involved survived this event due to the actions of Deputies Weyand and Lake.”

Direct Supervision Officer Melanie Larson

“On December 26, 2013 Direct Supervision Officer Melanie Larson was working in the G South Dormitory of the Kenosha County Detention Center. DSO Larson saw inmate Deborah Ditterline giving the universal sign for choking and her face was changing color. DSO Larson acted quickly to administer the heimlich maneuver which dislodged a piece of candy from the throat of Ms. Ditterline. DSO Larson’s actions likely saved Ms. Ditterline’s life.”

Deputy Tony Gonzalez

“On September 05, 2013 Deputy Tony Gonzalez responded to a medical call in the Village of Paddock Lake. He arrived before the rescue squad with a Salem Rescue First Responder James Lejcarr and found that the patient was unconscious and had no pulse. Deputy Gonzalez immediately set up an Automatic External Defibrillator, which gave instructions to provide one shock. Dep. Gonzalez and First Responder Lejcarr provided CPR as instructed by the Automatic External Defibrillator. Dep. Gonzalez utilized his skills, knowledge and training to provide oxygen therapy with the equipment brought to the scene by First Responder Lejcarr. They continued CPR until the arriving rescue workers took over. The victim, Linda Pierre was resuscitated. Unfortunately, Mrs. Pierre, eventually succumbed to her illness and did not ultimately survive. Deputy Gonzalez’s life saving efforts did allow Mrs. Pierre to survive for a week after this incident.”

Deputy Joshua Jacobs and Deputy Eric Olsen

“On December 24, 2013 Deputy Joshua Jacobs and Deputy Eric Olsen responded to 8420 204th Ct. for a medical call. Deputies utilized an Automatic Electronic Defribulator (AED) for a subject that was experiencing a medical event. Deputies also performed CPR until they were relieved by rescue personnel. The individual involved survived and their family truly received a Christmas Eve miracle due to the life saving efforts of Deputies Jacobs and Olsen.”

Award from Don Howland and Kenosha Hospital System

Three also received the rarely presented silver star. The medal can be worn on their dress uniform. The ribbon can be worn on their everyday uniform.

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Sgt. Dan Ruth

“On September 27, 2013 Sgt. Daniel Ruth responded with Deputies Wilke and Sanchez to 9730 276th Ave for a report of an active structure fire involving an apartment complex. There was heavy smoke emitting from the building and people were screaming. Sgt. Ruth coordinated the efforts of deputies evacuating the building. Sgt. Ruth was repelled from the interior of the building due to increasing heat and smoke. Sgt. Ruth was informed of a hearing impaired man still inside his apartment. Sgt. Ruth directed Deputy Wilke to make entry to that apartment. Sgt. Ruth’s actions and directions likely resulted in saving the life of the elderly male, as well as, other residents of the complex.”

Deputy John Wilke

“On September 27, 2013 Dep. John Wilke responded with Sgt. Ruth and Dep. Sanchez to 9730 276th Ave for a report of an active structure fire involving an apartment complex. There was heavy smoke emitting from the building and people were screaming. Dep. Wilke checked the second floor of the complex apartment #14 to insure a child was not inside. This apartment was actively on fire. Dep. Wilke was alerted that Gill Schwartz is hard of hearing and could still be in apartment #13. Dep. Wilke forced entry into apartment #13 and alerted Mr. Schwartz, who had been sleeping and was not aware the building was on fire. Dep. Wilke’s actions likely resulted in saving the life of Mr. Schwartz, as well as, other residents of the complex.”

Deputy Alexander Sanchez

“On September 27, 2013 Dep. Alexander Sanchez responded with Sgt. Ruth and Dep. Wilke to 9730 276th Ave for a report of an active structure fire involving an apartment complex. There was heavy smoke emitting from the building and people were screaming. Dep. Sanchez checked the second floor of the complex and was alerted that Nancy Cricks could still be in apartment #8. Dep. Sanchez was successful in alerting Ms. Cricks, who had been sleeping and was not aware the building was on fire. Dep. Sanchez’s actions likely resulted in saving the life of Ms. Cricks, as well as, other residents of the complex.”

Sgt. Ruth and Sheriff Beth.

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