Sheriff recognizes jail staff officers for life saving events

Lieutenant John Vick, from left, Major Pat Bedford, Jailor Justin Goforth, Sergeant J.T. Hicks, Lieutenant Brian Brannon, Sheriff Mitch Ralston and Captain Mike Barton.

Monday, Sheriff Mitch Ralston recognized three jail staff members for saving the lives of two jail inmates, in two separate medical emergencies at the jail, in 2020.

Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:

Jailor Justin L. Goforth received the Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Award medal for life saving actions on July 11, 2020, during which he rescued an inmate who couldn’t breathe from choking on a portion of food, employing the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge the food from the inmate’s throat. The inmate survived. Jailor Goforth has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office since April, 2018.

Lieutenant Brian Brannon and Sergeant J.T. Hicks both received Sheriff’s Meritorious Service Award medals for their life saving actions on July 31, 2020, during which they rescued an inmate who’d suffered a cardiac arrest, employing cardiopulmonary resuscitation as well as an Automatic External Defibrillator. This inmate was revived, and also survived. Lieutenant Brannon has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office since March, 2015. Sergeant Hicks has been employed by the Sheriff’s Office since June, 2017.

“Today, we recognize three outstanding employees who made the ultimate contribution in public safety: they directly saved lives. The preservation of life is our highest duty, and these officers, Jailor Goforth, Sergeant Hicks, and Lieutenant Brannon all exhibited calmness under pressure, forethought, the ability to think and react rapidly, as well as devotion to duty.” Their citations read, in part, that “their actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Office of Sheriff”.

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