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BSO GIVES LIFESAVING AWARDS

 DATE: June 12, 2013                                                           PIO NUMBER: 13-6-9

They rescued people from burning vehicles, pulled them from canals and swimming pools, administered the Heimlich maneuver, performed CPR and operated automated external defibrillators countless times. Firefighters carried elderly people away from smoke and flames. Deputies rescued a stranded boater and talked a suicidal woman into putting down her weapon. And civilians who encountered people in distress stepped in to help when they could have turned away. Sheriff Scott Israel will present 148 awards Thursday at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Lifesaving Awards ceremony for these and other acts of valor.

10 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013

Broward Center for the Performing Arts – Amaturo Theater

201 S.W. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

We honor these brave people today because they stepped up and helped when someone needed it. They acted valiantly and selflessly, often in the face of danger,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “They gave people in dire situations the chance at life.”

One man, John Jones, the owner of Mack’s Fish Camp, will receive his second lifesaving award. After he and two other men saw a truck crash into a canal, Jones jumped into the water to rescue the occupants and then performed CPR on an unconscious person. He earned a BSO lifesaving award in August 2011 for a similar act. 

BSO Deputy Joseph Bialczak also will be honored at the ceremony along with two other law enforcement officers for their actions after a car crash on Interstate 95 in October 2012. As Dep. Bialczak walked toward the crashed car, he was hit by passing traffic. He is still recovering from his severe injuries.

This report by

Dani Moschella/PIO

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