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Sheriff Presents Citizen Awards

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Dec 19, 2013

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Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith today presented four citizens with Sheriff Star awards for their actions in assisting law enforcement in Larimer County. The Sheriff Star award is given by the Sheriff to a citizen for taking action that benefits the community or reflects positively on the Office. 

Sheriff Smith said, "These awards demonstrate the importance of our partnership with the general public for maintaining public safety throughout the county. Citizens routinely assist our deputies in a variety of ways, but these two specific incidents highlight four citizens who really went above and beyond in saving the lives of their fellow citizens. I am proud to recognize them by awarding them the Sheriff Star for their efforts."
 
Thomas Ames of Loveland received his award for the assistance he provided Larimer County Park Rangers in locating a missing man believed to be suicidal. After becoming aware of the search, Mr. Ames and his son Isaac began searching on their personal ATV. Mr. Ames located the man unconscious but breathing in a ravine one-half mile north of the neighborhood. Mr. Ames drove back and notified Rangers who followed Mr. Ames to the site on a four-wheel drive road where life-saving measures were immediately initiated by the Rangers.  Mr. Ames acted with determination and selflessness to help find a fellow citizen in distress.
 
Colorado Department of Transportation employees Blade Phillips and Nicholas Stermer, and Robert Johnson with Plains All American Pipeline received their awards for assisting a Larimer County Sheriff's Office deputy at the scene of a traffic accident. 
 
The three men were already on scene of the accident when the deputy arrived. They advised the deputy the man who had just crashed was attempting to leave the scene of the accident. The man, who was disrobed and sweating profusely, would not speak to the deputy and began to actively fight with him as the deputy was attempting to place him in handcuffs. The deputy soon realized that the subject was suffering some type of seizure or manic episode. Due to the combative nature and medical condition of the driver, the deputy  asked for assistance from Mr. Phillips, Mr. Stermer and Mr. Johnson. As the driver was attempting to bite, pinch and strike the deputy and the three citizens, they placed him on the ground and restrained him as gently as possible until medical assistance arrived.
 
After witnessing a vehicle drive through the median and crash, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Stermer and Mr. Johnson each made a decision to stop and offer assistance. When the deputy arrived and needed their help, they did not hesitate to step up and assist the deputy. They acted selflessly and heroically to help a citizen in need.
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