The head man at the national Veterans of Foreign Wars is impressed by the exploits of five Bossier deputies who saved lives during the flooding disaster in Bossier Parish earlier this year.
National Commander John Biedrzycki Jr. sent the VFW Lifesaving Awards for presentation to the deputies in a ceremony at the Bossier Sheriff’s Viking Drive Substation Tuesday. The presentation was made by past VFW State Commander Ken Koval.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, “This shows you the quality of the people we have working for us here in the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. They’re always willing to do what’s needed to ensure the safety of our residents, even at great risk to themselves. I’m proud of these deputies. This is what these men and women train for. The public places their trust in us to serve and protect them, and to save lives, and that’s what they have done.”
The recipients of the Lifesaving Award are:
Deputy Erin Tindall – An eight-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, responded to an ambulance call March 22 at a home in north Bossier Parish. Tindall was the first on the scene. A 9-month old child was unresponsive. Tindall recognized the child’s distress, discoloration, and unconsciousness as resulting from an obstructed airway. She performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved the child’s life.
Lt. David Reynolds, Deputy Jay Williams and Deputy Darryl Ware Jr. – These three deputies risked their lives March 9 to rescue an elderly man trapped in his home in a neighborhood in Haughton. That night, the Bossier area experienced a large amount of rainfall, and the water rose quickly. Deputy Ware, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, went in and located the man, while Lt. Reynolds, a nine-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, held the boat, and Deputy Williams, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, pried the door open so they could float the resident out of the house on his recliner.
Sgt. Daniel Wolff – On the morning of March 9, the parish was hit with 15 – 19 inches of rain, causing flash flooding. Sgt. Wolff, an eight-year veteran of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, was on his way to work, at the Medium Security Facility. He decided to take La. Hwy. 3 as an alternate route, due to the flooding. Wolff came upon a motorist who was stranded on top of his vehicle. Wolff grabbed a rope from his vehicle and told the motorist to tie it around himself, so he could pull him to safety. As Wolff pulled the stranded motorist to safety, the vehicle was swept away by the flood waters.
Inscribed on the awards is, “In grateful recognition and sincere appreciation of your prompt and selfless life-saving action. Your personal initiative and prompt response without thought to your personal safety resulting in saving the life of another, is one of the highest obligations to humanity. Your valor and heroic efforts will serve as an inspiration to others, and especially the Veterans of Foreign Wars.”