Efforts of emergency personnel take center stage in new program

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A good deed is described as a “morally or virtuous act that is done or performed.”

A good deed can range from something as simple as opening a door for someone to doing something to protect the public or by saving a life. Often times, those who do good deeds become heroes in their communities. Such is the case in Carroll County.

Those who go above and beyond the call of duty as well as the efforts of all emergency service personnel in Carroll County will soon be be recognized on a yearly basis.

Carroll County Commissioners President Robert Wirkner will call for a vote during the March 7 session on a proclamation designating the first Monday of March each year as Carroll County Emergency Services Appreciation and Recognition Day.

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CHARTER INDUCTEES. Several emergency services personnel will be inducted for their meritorious service of going above and beyond the call of duty. A proclamation is expected to be approved by Carroll County Commissioners designating the first Monday of March each year as “Carroll County Emergency Services Appreciation and Recognition Day. The inductees will have their names placed on a plaque which will be on display in the lobby of the Carroll County Sheriff’s office. The charter inductees are shown above. They include: Front row (from left): Deputy Travis Louhan, Deputy Jason Jackson, Deputy Shane Beohm and K-9 Officer Oz, and Deputy Ryan Salisak. Standing behind are: Matt Iverson, firefighter with Sherrodsville Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc.; Capt. Sam Arnold, Capt. Wayne Lippincott and Stephen Imes, firefighters with Dellroy Volunteer Fire Dept.; and Nick Jackson and Zeb Casper, firefighters with Carrollton Village Fire Dept.

“Providing emergency services is a team effort. It takes dedication and commitment from all emergency personnel,” said Wirkner.

Working with Wirkner, Sheriff Dale R. Williams will chair a committee comprised of representatives from the different emergency service disciplines: law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services. “We want those who deserve recognition to get it from those they serve,” stated Wirkner, “at the grass roots level. Not competing against people from across the state.”

The recognition will capture all aspects of emergency services, including dispatchers and ambulance drivers. Those chosen to be recognized each year will have their name placed on a plaque displayed in the lobby of the Sheriff’s office. The name plate will include the person’s name, discipline and date inducted.

Wirkner noted, some emergency services personnel would just say they are doing their job, but they may have saved a life by just “doing their job.” Recognition will be given by: if the person put their life in danger to save another, they will receive an award for gallantry; if they did not put their life in danger but saved a life, they will receive a ribbon for their uniform. Both Williams and Wirkner were quick to note, each ribbon is important.

Once the committee is established, they will receive nominations and evaluate them. A file will be maintained in the commissioner’s office during the year of nominations. Nominations will be recommended to the commissioners who will chose the recipients.

How did the idea for an appreciation and recognition day begin?

“After the incident Feb. 20 on Leesville Lake, Rick Eddy, a member of Carrollton Village Fire Dept. and coordinator of the MERIT (Multi-Emergency Rapid Intervention Team), asked me why we didn’t have a way to recognize those who go above and beyond the call of duty,” Wirkner explained. “I told him there was no reason. No one had seized the opportunity to do so.”

Wirkner and Williams decided these people needed to be recognized in their community. By using the “emergency services” title, they were able to include all the disciplines.

The men hope recognizing and showing appreciation to those who meritoriously rise to the situation will: Improve moral in all emergency services departments; Improve public awareness to what they do; and help recruit new volunteers by letting them know their service is appreciated.

The charter inductees of the Carroll County Emergency Services Appreciation and Recognition Day will receive a frameable certificate; recognition at the Commisssioner’s meeting; induction into the roll call of those recognized for meritorious service and their name on the plaque.

They include:

Lifesaving:

  • Deputy Jason Jackson – He was called to the Lake Mohawk guard house Sept. 21, 2014, for a child who possibly ingested methadone. Jackson revived the baby using CPR until an ambulance could arrive.
  • Deputies Jason Jackson and Ryan Salasek – Deputy Salasack responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and possibly a female having trouble breathing Oct. 10, 2015, at the Perry Post. Salasek located a Toyota station wagon and observed a male standing over a female on the ground attempting to perform CPR. The male was highly intoxicated and the female was blue in the face, not breathing and had no pulse. The female had blood on her arms and hip areas and around her mouth and face. Salasek began CPR on the female. Deputy Jackson arrived, secured the male and took over CPR for the female, the deputies switching on and off to perform CPR until EMT Ambulance arrived. The male told deputies both he and the female had used heroin prior to the incident. Both survived.
  • Deputy Travis Lauhon – Deputy Lauhon was dispatched Oct. 31, 2015, to a Citrus Rd., Malvern, residence after dispatchers received a call requesting an ambulance for a victim possibly overdosing on opiates. When he arrived, Lauhon found a female in bed unconscouis and unresponsive. Her skin was pasty, her eyes rolled back in her head and she was not breathing and had no pulse. A man with the woman told the deputy she had possibly used prescription opiate pills and heroin. The deputy could also smell the odor of marijuana in the room. He administered Narcan. She began to respond but was still not breathing. At this time, he began CPR and after a short period she gasped for air and began breathing. Deputy Lauhon assisted EMT Ambulance and the female was transported to the hospital for treatment.
  • Deputy Ryan Salasek – He was dispatched to an Alliance Rd., Malvern, home for an unresponsive female Nov. 12, 2015. He found a female in the bathroom unresponsive. She was not breathing and had no pulse and was aspirating. A man in the home told the deputy she had several beers and some marijuana prior to the incident. The woman is a known heroin user and the man did not know how much she had injested. Deputy Salasek administered Narcan nasally and within two minutes she was breathing on her own. She was transported to the hospital at that time.

Commendation Award:

  • Deputy Shane Beohm & Oz – The Sheriff’s office received a call May 14, 2015, of a possible sighting of Wesley “Buster” Clark, a man suspected of murder. The K-9 unit was called to the area of Clay Rd. and Grenada Rd., Dellroy. A woman said she saw the man standing on the porch of an abandoned home on Clay Rd. Deputies searched the home and found damp undergarments they believed belonged to Clark. The next day, Oz located Clark and he was taken into custody.
  • Deputy Shane Beohm & Oz- U.S. Marshals asked the Carroll County Sheriff’s office for assistance Oct. 29, 2015, to locate a parole who cut his tracking unit off and ran from the home. Beohm and his K-9 partner, Oz, were dispatched to the Alliance Rd., Malvern, residence to begin the search. The man stripped off his shirt and had possibly crossed the creek behind the home. The K-9 unit tracked the suspect behind Fox Auto but was not able to cross the creek due to high water. They went to the other side and Oz began to track the suspect again. The man was found in some thick brush and arrested without incident.

Lifesaving:

  • Firefighters Matt Iverson and Stephen Imes – A man fell through the ice on Atwood Lake Feb. 14, 2016, while ice fishing. Dellroy and Sherrodsville Fire Departments were called to rescue the man. Fireman Iverson of Sherrodsville Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., and Fireman Imes of Dellroy went into the cold water, broke the ice and rescued the man, who was transported to Union Hospital.
  • Firemen Nick Jackson, Zeb Casper, Sam Arnold and Wayne Lippincott – The Sheriff’s office received a call of a man in the water in Leesville Lake near the Edgewood Dr. area Feb. 20, 2016. Carrollton Village, Dellroy and Sherrodsville fire departments were called to the scene. Dellroy firemen Arnold and Lippincott attempted to rescue the man but were not able to get to him. Carrollton Firemen Jackson and Casper put on water rescue suits and Jackson started toward the man on a floating rescue sled but broke through the ice about half way to the man. The man was 40 yards from shore. Jackson used his arms and broke the ice the remaining distance to reach the man. The man went under the water several times and Jackson reached him and pulled his head above water. Placing him in a bear hug, Casper and other firemen, pulled them to safety. Casper was in the water as Jackson’s back-up. He had no previous water rescue training.

Only fire chiefs or direct superiors can nominate an employee/volunteer. Nominations must be received by March 1 of each year.

For additional information, contact Sheriff Dale R. Williams at 330-627-2141.

Due to the committee not being able to use government funds to purchase the plaque and other items, the committee plans to solicit funds from the public.